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Sen. Kevin Cramer's son charged with manslaughter in fatal police chase

He is slated to appear in court on Friday to face the manslaughter charge, as well as counts of fleeing a police officer, reckless endangerment, and driving with a suspended license.

Published: December 7, 2023 5:25pm

North Dakota Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer's son was charged with manslaughter this week in connection with a fatal police chase.

Ian Cramer, 42, led police on a 70-mile chase after crashing a Chevrolet Tahoe through a hospital emergency room bay, that ultimately ended in his collision with a squad car, the Associated Press reported. The collision resulted in the death of a sheriff's deputy.

He is slated to appear in court on Friday to face the manslaughter charge, as well as counts of fleeing a police officer, reckless endangerment, and driving with a suspended license.

Cramer's mother on Wednesday drove him to the hospital due to reported mental health concerns, though he took control of the vehicle after she got out and initiated the chaotic pursuit.

Sen. Kramer's current pinned post on X dates from 2019 and reads "I'm a most blessed dad." He released a statement asking for prayers for the officer's family.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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