A federal jury convicted an Itasca County man Thursday on charges of assaulting an individual with his vehicle, resulting in serious bodily injury, according to a news release from Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk.
Kevin Roger Doerr, 35, was convicted on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
“Today, a jury held Mr. Doerr accountable for assaulting an individual and terrorizing a small, quiet community,” said Folk. “I commend the work of the prosecution team and our investigative partners who pursued justice in this case.”
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on April 7, 2020, Doerr was driving erratically through Elbow Lake Village on the White Earth Indian Reservation.
Neighbors called 911 to report that a silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo, driven by Doerr, was trying to run people over and chasing people through the neighborhood. When law enforcement arrived, they found a chaotic scene with neighbors outside and two badly injured victims whom Doerr had hit with his vehicle. Law enforcement took Doerr into custody and the victims were airlifted to the hospital.
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.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the White Earth Police Department, the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force and the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office.
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Gina L. Allery and Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad tried the case.