On December 6, 2023, the Bismarck Police Department received a report of a stolen 2017 Black Chevy Tahoe driven by Ian Cramer, U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer’s son of Bismarck. The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office located Cramer in Hazen, initiating a pursuit. During the chase, Cramer crashed head-on into an unoccupied Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle, parked with emergency lights on.
Tragically, a Mercer County Deputy standing behind the patrol vehicle was struck and killed. The deputy intended to deploy a tire deflation device to end the pursuit. Ian Cramer was taken into custody and transported to medical facilities before being transferred to the McLean County Detention Center in Stanton. The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the incident, and charges against Cramer are pending.