Police Chase of Lawmaker’s Son Ends In Deputy Death

(StraightNews.org) – The son of a Republican Senator was entangled in a fatal car chase with law enforcement officers in North Dakota. Ian Cramer, son of North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer, “was involved in a police chase which resulted in an accident that killed an officer,” the Senator admitted, adding that his son suffers from severe mental disorders, including paranoia and hallucinations.

The incident occurred when Ian Cramer insisted upon visiting his brother Ike, who died in 2018. His mother Kris then took him to an emergency medical center in Bismarck, and when she got out of the car, her son took charge of the vehicle and fled. North Dakota Highway Patrol subsequently received a report of a stolen 2017 Black Chevy Tahoe being driven around the city.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office spotted the car in Hazen, but when they approached it, the driver fled again, and a chase ensued. During the pursuit, Cramer’s car smashed into a parked Mercer County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle with a Deputy standing nearby. The impact of the crash caused the parked vehicle to hit the patrol officer, who died on the scene.

Officers took Cramer into custody and transported him to the Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen and then to McLean County Detention Center in Stanton.

Prosecutors have charged the Senator’s son with manslaughter, fleeing a police officer and reckless endangerment. The dead officer has been identified as 53-year-old Deputy Paul Martin.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement on December 7, saying, “Our entire community has suffered the tragic loss of Deputy Paul Martin. He is our beloved brother in law enforcement, a husband, father, and grandpa. Our wound is raw, and our hearts are broken.”

Senator Cramer said he and his family are grieving the loss of the Deputy and praying “for our gracious God to show up as He always does in tragedy.” The Senator also said he prayed for his son. “We love him and hurt deeply,” he added.

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