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​Waubun Man Formally Charged in Becker County Hit and Run

​Waubun Man Formally Charged in Becker County Hit and Run Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--A Waubun man is charged with Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Traffic Collision Failure to Stop-Injury or Death in the fatal hit and run accident in Becker County last month. According to court records, 36 year old Aaron Pelham was charged July 3rd in Becker County District Court after an investigation by the Becker County Sheriff's Office that lead to his arrest July 1st. Case files state, on the evening of June 24th the Becker County Sheriff's Office was notified of the crash between a car and at UTV on a county road in Maple Grove Township. When deputies arrived they found an abandoned 1999 Mercury Marquis with front end damage and two airbags deployed and a UTV driver in the UTV with traumatic injuries. Another male at the scene of the incident said he believed the car belonged to Pelham. The UTV driver, 27 year old Michael Tibbetts died the next day from his injuries. Records allege on July 1st a male contacted the sheriff's office saying Pelham had been in contact with a female the night of the crash via Facebook Messenger. Pelham's first message stated he was on his way to see the woman. A second message from Pelham about 20 minutes later said he'd been in an accident and needed a licensed driver. The woman met Pelham at the scene he then took off from the scene in a truck traveling a short distance until he stopped and ran into the woods according to court documents. July 1st, Pelham was arrested. Pelham's driver’s license is cancelled. He has been convicted 10 times for driving after cancellation since 2008. Pelham is in the Becker County jail with bail set at 100-thousand dollars and 50-thousand with conditions. His next court date is July 29th.

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