Bismarck, ND – December 7, 2023
In a shocking turn of events, Ian Cramer, the 42-year-old son of Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, is facing serious allegations of leading local police on a car chase that concluded with the tragic death of a deputy. The incident unfolded on Wednesday, according to statements from Senator Cramer’s office and the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
The Senator revealed that the incident began while his wife and son were at a Bismarck emergency room. Ian reportedly took advantage of a moment when his mother stepped out of their vehicle, promptly jumping into the driver’s seat and fleeing the scene.
Authorities located Ian Cramer approximately 75 miles from the state capital, driving a 2017 Black Chevy Tahoe, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Instead of surrendering, Cramer initiated another escape attempt, prompting officers from the local sheriff’s office to pursue him, as reported by the highway patrol.
The pursuit took a tragic turn when Ian Cramer crashed head-on into an unoccupied patrol vehicle, resulting in the death of a deputy who was standing behind the car, as detailed in the North Dakota Highway Patrol’s news release. Cramer is now in custody, and charges are pending in connection with the incident.
In a statement, Senator Kevin Cramer disclosed that his son, Ian, “suffers from serious mental disorders which manifest in severe paranoia and hallucinations.” The family is grappling with the profound impact of the incident, and the senator expressed his intention to return home promptly. “I will take the first flight home to my family as we grieve what has happened,” he stated.
This tragic event has sent shockwaves through the community and raised questions about mental health awareness and support. As the investigation unfolds, the details surrounding the incident will undoubtedly be scrutinized, shedding light on the circumstances leading up to this devastating episode involving the son of a prominent political figure.