An Itasca County man was indicted in federal court Monday on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
Kevin Roger Doerr, 34, of Deer River, is accused of assaulting two individuals with a vehicle, resulting in serious bodily injuries, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota. The incident occurred April 7, within the “exterior boundaries of the White Earth Indian Reservation,” according to the release.
According to Becker County District Court records, law enforcement received numerous 911 calls about an intoxicated man in a silver 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo driving recklessly into people’s yards.
Witnesses said he was driving up and down the road “all crazy” before he struck a man who was on foot, then hit a second man after jumping a curb to strike him “well off the roadway,” according to the criminal complaint.
A third man told police that he pulled Doerr out of his car and held him on the ground after seeing him hit the second victim with his car, according to the criminal complaint. Both men who were hit by the car were taken by air ambulance to Fargo for treatment. The first man required surgery for undisclosed injuries, and the second man had numerous injuries, including a broken leg, broken pelvis, fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. Both were hospitalized.
Arresting officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol on Doerr and a search warrant was obtained for a blood draw that was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for analysis.
Doerr was charged in Becker County District Court with four felonies: First-degree assault, second-degree assault, criminal vehicular operation and DWI. All those charges were dismissed June 26 after the federal charges were filed.
He was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in 2011, according to court records.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, and the White Earth Police Department, according to the release.