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Man accused of killing motorcyclist in weekend chase charged with homicide

St. Croix County (WQOW) – The man accused of killing a motorcyclist last weekend in St. Croix County was charged with homicide on Tuesday.

Brandon Lieffring, 37, of New Richmond, was formally charged with 10 counts including first degree reckless homicide. All 10 charges include:

  • 1st degree reckless homicide
  • Homicide by vehicle, use of controlled substance
  • Operator flee/elude officer – death
  • Knowingly operating while suspended, causing death
  • Possessing drug paraphernalia
  • 5 counts of bail jumping

Dustin Kalland died when a Jeep fleeing deputies hit his motorcycle in Deer Park over the weekend.

More: Chase leads to fatal crash in St. Croix County

Photo Credit: KSTP-TV

According to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to an incident where a person had stolen a vehicle and violated a no-contact order.

Deputies tried to stop the driver on Highway 65 near New Richmond, but the driver took off and a chase ensued.

They say the chase continued to Highway 46 toward the village of Deer Park. As the chase entered the village the suspect passed over drivers on the left hand side of the road.

However, there were several motorcycles making a left hand turn.

The suspect hit one of those motorcyclists, according to the sheriff’s office.

Photo provided to WQOW by Frank Cifaldi

Family said Kalland, the father of two young kids, was out riding his motorcycle with friends.

Due to Lieffring’s criminal past, that includes a felony in the past five years, the district attorney said they can enhance the charges to try and get extra prison time.

Lieffring will be back in court July 23 at 8:45 a.m. Cash bond was set at $100,000.

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