Brown accused of violating pre-trial release

A man suspected of causing an accident that led to the deaths of two people was back in court Thursday, accused of violating the conditions of his pre-trial release.

Austin W. Brown, 20, of Fort Dodge, is facing two counts of vehicular homicide by OWI. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges and had his trial scheduled for Sept. 17.

On July 26, Judge Kurt Wilke issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest, alleging that he didn’t comply with his pre-trial release agreement. Wilke did not specify what that entailed.

Brown was arrested by a Fort Dodge police officer Wednesday on that warrant.

At his initial appearance Thursday, Magistrate William Thatcher ordered Brown held on $25,000 bond. His case was sent to District Court. Thatcher also advised Brown to contact his attorney, Joseph McCarville.

Previously, Brown was released with supervision to the Department of Adult Corrections on the two vehicular homicide charges. At that time, Magistrate Steve Kersten told Brown he would only be allowed out of jail if he kept up with his requirements, which included getting a substance abuse evaluation and checking in with the corrections office.

“Any fault or failure of treatment on your part means you’ll be coming back here,” Kersten told Brown in early June.

The original incident that led to Brown being charged happened on Dec. 21, 2012.

On that day, Brown was driving his 2002 GMC pickup just south of John F. Kennedy Memorial Park on Nelson Avenue. According to the criminal complaint filed with the Webster County attorney’s office, Brown was “under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of such substances.”

Around 6:41 p.m., Iowa State Patrol investigators said, Brown’s pickup crashed head-on into a 2002 Ford station wagon, which was driven by Joseph Reigelsberger, 23, of Rolfe. Reigeslberger and one of his passengers, Debra Lundt, 57, of Pocahontas, were pronounced dead at the scene. Anastashia Lundt, 23, who was also in the car, was injured.

Brown was charged in early June.