By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN A routine stop at the gas station turned into a frightening experience for a local man June 4.
Delgene Boll was filling his motorcycle with gas at Schmidty’s, 282 Babcock Avenue, in Lester Prairie at about 5:30 p.m.
At the same time, Leon Walter Hettver, 62, of Glencoe was filling his pickup truck with gas at the same station, according to a formal complaint.
Hettver began making disparaging remarks toward Boll and the Harley-Davidson motorcycle he was driving.
According to the complaint, Hettver finished filling his truck and asked Boll if he wanted some gas, after which he sprayed gas on Boll and the motorcycle.
Hettver then asked Boll if he wanted a match, according to the complaint.
Boll backed away and indicated that he was fearful for his life.
The Lester Prairie Police Department was called, and an officer responded to the scene.
He found Boll, who had been washing his eyes with water to get rid of the gasoline.
The officer contacted the on-call McLeod County Attorney regarding charges against Hettver.
The officer also acquired a copy of the security tape from Schmidty’s.
Last Monday, Hettver was charged with second degree assault, a felony punishable by seven years in prison, a $14,000 fine, or both.
Hettver’s activities did not end with the incident in Lester Prairie.
At approximately 5:37 p.m. June 4, a McLeod County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop Hettver’s vehicle, according to a formal complaint.
The deputy was aware that a pick up and hold order had been issued for Hettver as a result of the alleged assault in Lester Prairie.
The deputy observed Hettver’s vehicle traveling north on Jet Avenue near 145th Street in rural McLeod County.
According to the complaint, the deputy observed Hettver’s vehicle weaving back and forth as it traveled northbound.
The deputy activated his squad lights and attempted to stop Hettver’s vehicle, but he did not stop until after he pulled into a residence.
At that point, the deputy and Hettver exited their vehicles.
According to the complaint, Hettver became belligerent and resistant to the officer’s commands.
The officer noticed an odor of alcohol coming from Hettver’s person, and that his eyes were bloodshot.
Hettver’s driving status had previously been cancelled as inimical to public safety, and the court has imposed a restriction against any use of alcohol or drugs.
Hettver was arrested, continued to yell and be belligerent, and refused to provide a blood, breath, or urine sample for chemical analysis, according to the complaint.
In addition to the above charge of second degree assault, Hettver was charged with:
• fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, a felony punishable by three years and one day in prison, and/or a $5,000 fine;
• third-degree DWI - refusal to submit to a chemical test, a gross misdemeanor punishable by one year imprisonment and/or a $3,000 fine;
• driving after cancellation - inimical to public safety, a gross misdemeanor punishable by one year imprisonment and/or a $3,000 fine; and
• violation of a restricted driver’s license, a gross misdemeanor punishable by one year imprisonment and/or a $3,000 fine.