An early morning joy ride turns deadly for a Detroit Lakes manBecker County, MN (WDAY TV) - An early morning joy ride turns deadly for a Detroit Lakes man.
Becker County, MN (WDAY TV) - An early morning joy ride turns deadly for a Detroit Lakes man.
Authorities say 24-year-old Brandon Boswell stole a car, and led police on a high speed chase along a dark and windy road.
But Boswell lost control and died.
Police lost track of Boswell somewhere along Highway 59 but Becker County caught up with him right here at County Road 22 and 147. Right now, all that’s left after this deadly accident are the ruts and the police paints where they showed what happened – and of course, the glass where Boswell was ejected.
Ronnie Ames/Car Owner: “I knew it was stolen right away.”
This mechanic knew it wasn't any Halloween joke.
It was that instinct which sparked Ronnie Ames to call Police.
Ames: “He said that they were attempting to pull over the vehicle and he was running.”
Police say 24-year-old Brandon Boswell first picked up the stolen the 2001 Dodge Stratus in Fergus Falls, in front of Ames' friend house - a car he just bought a month ago.
Ames: “And he said they might send officers from Detroit Lakes to deploy spike strips. And I was like, ‘ohhh I just bought $500 worth of tires. And they're going to blow them all out.’”
Still Boswell was speeding off with the green car, heading north bound on highway 59, officers tailing him.
But after reaching 100 mph the chase quickly ended.
SGT. Shane Richard/ Becker County: “Activated his lights and siren and just a few seconds later the vehicle crashed.”
Brandon Boswell lost control, was the thrown from the vehicle.
The dodge landed on top of him, he was killed instantly.
So far, police don't know if alcohol or drugs played a factor in the accident.
Richard: “A lot of time, not a lot that we can do. Really the driver in the vehicle in front of us is the one dictating how fast and how dangerous that pursuit becomes.”
In this case, the danger was deadly.
Ames: “it’s one thing to lose my car and everything but to have the loss of a life also is just… it's terrible, it's not worth it.”
Since this is all that’s left from Ronnie’s car and he only has liability, he’ll be paying on this destroyed vehicle for the next several months.
Boswell does have a prior criminal history of harassment and disorderly conduct.