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Man accused of causing fatal crash now allegedly tries escaping from jail

St. Croix County (WQOW) – A New Richmond man accused of killing someone during a police chase in July now faces new charges for reportedly trying to escape from the St. Croix County Jail.

Brandon Lieffring faces 11 charges – including 1st degree reckless homicide in the death of Dustin Kalland. Police said Lieffring was driving a Jeep, fleeing St. Croix County deputies, when he hit Kalland’s motorcycle in Deer Park in July.

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Now, Lieffring faces new charges of repeated attempted escape and repeated criminal damage to property.

According to the criminal complaint, on July 31, Lieffring and another inmate were working on something in Lieffring’s cell and he thought they were planning an escape.

Deputies investigated the cell and found the grate around the ceiling’s smoke detector was’t secured and the middle bar over the cell’s window had been cut and pulled from the window to create a gap.

The inmate accused of being involved told investigators Lieffring had removed the grate and wanted to use it to cut through the bars on the window.

The inmate said Lieffring wanted him to join in on the escape. He told investigators he believed he was working with someone on the outside.

Nine other inmates told investigators they heard loud noises – like metal on metal coming from Lieffring’s cell.

Lieffring is scheduled to return to court next month.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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