Skip to main content

Crookston man fleeing police dies in fiery crash; several other weekend police chases reported

  • Author:
  • Updated:

A man fleeing police died in a fiery crash Sunday evening when his pickup truck smashed into a concrete bridge pillar in Crookston.

Police were called to do a welfare check on 27-year-old Dominic Herkenhoff around 6 p.m., but when they showed up he got in his pickup truck and rammed a Crookston squad car, before taking off down Highway 2 at a "high rate of speed," according to the Minnesota State Patrol accident report.

The Crookston Times says the driver apparently lost control near the railroad underpass and struck the bridge support. His truck burst into flames.

Witnesses told the newspaper they could hear the crash from blocks away.

More information is expected to be released Monday, WDAY reports.

This wasn't the only police chase over the weekend. A Horicon, Wisconsin, man died Saturday night after he fled police on his motorcycle, but less than a minute later struck a utility pole and was killed, the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reports.

Speed and alcohol are believed to have played a factor in the crash, the newspaper says.

In another incident Sunday evening, a 34-year-old Moorhead man was taken into custody after leading police on a chase through three northwestern Minnesota cities.

Police initially stopped him for speeding after getting reports of an aggressive driver, but the suspect fled police, speeding through several residential areas before police used a PIT maneuver to stop the suspect's vehicle and arrest him, InForum reports.

The suspect is also accused of stopping at a Barnesville gas station and leaving without paying before officers tracked him down, InForum says.

Police believe he may have been under the influence of a controlled substance, InForum notes.

A Fargo man is also facing several charges after leading police on a high-speed motorcycle chase from West Fargo to Jamestown, North Dakota, Sunday, Valley News Live reports.

In a police pursuit early Monday morning, WCCO says two suspects in a stolen van led police on a chase, but were arrested when the vehicle crashed into a White Bear Lake, Minnesota, home.

A woman was sleeping nearby, but wasn't injured, the news station says.

Police took the two suspects into custody, WCCO notes. The van had reportedly been stolen from somewhere in Ramsey County.

Next Up

Thomas Lane

Ex-cop Thomas Lane pleads guilty to manslaughter in George Floyd killing

The former Minneapolis police officer appeared in court on Wednesday morning.

14 W Main St, Anoka, MN 55303, United States - September 2021

2 dead after driver flees cop in Coon Rapids, crashes in Anoka

The double-fatal crash happened on Main Street near Ferry Street in Anoka.

Adam Hunter Pattishall.

Fleeing suspect charged in crash that left husband dead, wife critical

Daniel Joseph Fisher, 57, died from multiple blunt force injuries in a crash Sunday. His wife, Cathleen, is in critical condition as of Tuesday.

storm, severe weather

Threat of severe weather returns to Minnesota for 2 days

Isolated severe storms Wednesday, followed by scattered severe storms Thursday.


1 dead, 2 injured in crash at intersection in Ramsey

The crash happened at the intersection of Bunker Lake Blvd. and Sunfish Lake Blvd.

Tettegouche State Park bridge

Trails reopen as waters subside, but bridges damaged at Tettegouche State Park

Water levels on the river have dropped about six to eight feet since Friday.

Keith Harvell

Body pulled from Mississippi River ID'd as missing Elk River man

Keith Harvell had been missing since early last month.

900 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 2021

2 victims identified in double-fatal north Minneapolis shooting

A 21-year-old man and a 51-year-old man were identified as the people who died at the scene this past weekend.

Proctor football

Former Proctor HS football player pleads guilty to sexual assault of teammate

The case will also remain in juvenile court, with conditions.

Doug Wardlow

Doug Wardlow reneges on promise, will challenge GOP's AG candidate in primary

Wardlow's announcement sparked swift criticism from the MN GOP and the party-endorsed candidate, Jim Schultz.

Flickr - welcome to minnesota sign - Tony Webster

US News '150 Best Places to Live' features 1 from MN, 3 from WI

The latest US News list is for the most populous metro areas only, so no small towns.