Deer River man convicted for last year’s vehicular assault on White Earth

A Deer River man was convicted by a federal jury for his role in a vehicular assault on the White Earth Reservation last year.

According to court records and evidence presented in the trial, 35-year-old Kevin Doerr was driving erratically through Elbow Lake Village on the White Earth Reservation.

Neighbors called 911 on April 7, 2020, to report that a silver Monte Carlo was trying to run people over and chasing people through the neighborhood.

When law enforcement from the White Earth Police Department and Becker County Sheriff’s Office arrived, they found a chaotic scene with two badly injured victims, hit by Doerr’s Monte Carlo.

Doerr was taken into custody and the victims were airlifted to the hospital.

“Today, a jury held Mr. Doerr accountable for assaulting an individual and terrorizing a small, quiet community,” said Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk.

“I commend the work of the prosecution team and our investigative partners who pursued justice in this case.”

A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.

At sentencing, a federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The White Earth Police Department, the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force and Mahnomen County Sheriff’s OFfice conducted the investigation.

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