A son of North Dakota freshman Sen. Kevin Cramer was driving a stolen pickup truck that was being chased by police when it crashed and killed an officer Wednesday night, Cramer and authorities say.
Cramer said in a statement Wednesday night that Ian Cramer, 42, “was involved in a police chase that resulted in an accident in which an officer was killed. Ian suffers from severe mental disorders manifesting in severe paranoia and hallucinations. “.
Cramer said his wife, Kris, “was with Ian when he insisted on going with his brother Ike. Ike died in 2018. Kris took Ian to the emergency room at Sanford Health in Bismarck. When she exited our vehicle, Ian He jumped into the driver’s seat and fled. Our daughter was able to track the car through Kris’ cell phone and lead officers to it in Mercer County, North Dakota.
At that time, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, “The Bismarck (ND) Police Department received a report of a stolen vehicle from Bismarck. The stolen vehicle was a black 2017 Chevy Tahoe and was driven by Ian Cramer of Bismarck .
The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office spotted Cramer and the Tahoe he was driving in Hazen, the highway patrol said, but when deputies approached him, he fled and a chase began.
“During the pursuit,” the highway patrol continued, “the vehicle Cramer was driving veered and crashed head-on into an unoccupied Mercer County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle that was parked on a driveway. The vehicle The Sheriff’s Office was displaying its emergency lights at the time.
“A Mercer County deputy was standing outside and behind the patrol car when he was struck. The impact of the crash pushed the patrol car into the deputy, killing him. At that time, the deputy was preparing to deploy a tire deflation device on an attempt to end the persecution.
“Cramer was taken into custody, transported to Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen and then taken to the McLean County Detention Center in Stanton.”
The highway patrol said it is still investigating the crash and charges are pending.
Cramer said in his statement that he was “going to take the first flight I can to be with our family as we grieve what happened. We are especially sorry for the family of the hero who tried to help Ian, and we pray that our kind God shows up as He always does in tragedies.”