Staff report, Published April 14 2009
Authorities identify man killed during police pursuit Monday in Becker CountyBECKER COUNTY, Minn. – The 36-year-old rural Detroit Lakes, Minn., man who died on Monday after he flipped his car while trying to elude a sheriff’s deputy has been identified as James Douglas McPherson.
A Becker County sheriff’s deputy saw McPherson, whose license was revoked, speeding east on 130th Street in a rural area at 4:37 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
McPherson drove a blue 2004 Kia through a stop sign at the intersection at which the deputy was stopped, prompting a short pursuit. After turning on to 270th Avenue and driving north for another half mile, McPherson drove off the road and cut across a stubble field, according to the release.
The Kia struck a drainage ditch, causing it to flip. McPherson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car.
McPherson was taken to St. Mary’s Innovis Health hospital in Detroit Lakes, where he died shortly after 6 p.m. Monday.