Motorcyclist killed in crash after fleeing state trooper in Becker County

A motorcyclist who was fleeing a state trooper was killed in a crash Friday evening in Burlington Township, according to a news release from the Becker County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was identified as Levi Edward Savela, 25, of Sebeka.

Around 6:14 p.m. Friday, a Minnesota State Trooper tried to pull Savela over near the intersection of County Highways 29 and 54. After the trooper turned on the squad’s emergency lights, Savela sped off on the motorcycle he was riding, authorities said.

The trooper lost sight of Savela as he drove south on County Highway 29.

After searching the area, the trooper found the motorcycle around 1.5 miles south of County Highway 54, where Savela had left the highway and crashed, according to authorities. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Frazee Police Department, Frazee Rescue Service, Frazee Fire Department and Essentia-St. Mary’s EMS assisted in responding to the crash.