Suspect in Becker County hit-and-run arrested

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

DETROIT LAKES– Becker County authorities say a man is under arrest in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left an ATV rider dead. 

Deputies say 36-year-old Aaron Pelham of Waubun was arrested Monday night and charges are pending. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Tibbetts of Ogema was killed last week in a collision with a 1999 Mercury Marquis that fled the scene. 

Officers allege that Pelham was driving the suspect vehicle.

Tibbetts, according to reports, was a recent college graduate and the son of interim White Earth chairman Eugene Tibbetts.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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