Patrolman Beryl E. McLane

Patrolman Beryl E. McLane

North Dakota Highway Patrol, North Dakota

End of Watch Friday, July 30, 1954

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Beryl E. McLane

Patrolman Beryl McLane was killed in an automobile accident on State Highway 13 between LaMoure and Napoleon.

His patrol car was struck head-on by another vehicle driven by a drunk driver. The driver of the car was charged with manslaughter.

The 27-year-old driver was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to one to three years.

Patrolman McLane was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the North Dakota Highway Patrol for 13 years. He had previously served with the Aberdeen, South Dakota, Police Department for nine years and with the Jamestown Police Department. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, two grandchildren, and two brothers.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 218
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 3 years

automobile accident, drunk driver, vehicle crash

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Thank you for your service, both military and police, and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 30, 2020

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