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Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

WORTHINGTON — A Roanoke, Texas, native who was pursued during a Nov. 30 police chase made his initial appearance Tuesday in Nobles County District Court.


Thomas Warborg is facing five felony charges — fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle, use of deadly force against a peace officer, two counts first-degree damage to property and obstructing legal process. He is also facing charges of refusing to submit to a chemical test, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, indecent exposure and fourth-degree damage to property.

Warborg stated during the Tuesday hearing that he was in the process of getting legal counsel after being denied a public defender, and requested 60 days to do so.

The request was denied, and Warborg was ordered to re-apply for a public defender due to a change in his employment.

Warborg has been released after the posting of a $10,000 bond. He is staying with relatives in Jackson County.

He has been released on conditions that he stays in contact with an attorney, uses or possesses no drugs or alcohol or substance use and submits to random testing, He is not allowed to leave the state of Minnesota.

The continuance of this hearing will be later this month.