Shots fired during Highway 53 chase

A Virginia man is in custody after he repeatedly rammed a State Patrol squad car with his pickup Saturday evening on US 53 north of Virginia. The State Trooper fired several shots at the driver during the incident; neither the driver of the pickup nor the trooper were injured.


The Trooper responded to investigate a crash involving the pickup and a mailbox. As the trooper questioned the driver and a witness, the driver jumped back in his pickup and fled the scene.


The Trooper got back in his squad and pursued the pickup down a trail into a wooded area.


When the suspect saw that the trail was a dead end he stopped, put the truck in reverse, and rammed into the squad. He hit the squad hard enough that it would no longer operate.


The Trooper fired several shots through his windshield at the suspect as the suspect continued to ram and push the squad backwards. The driver was able to flee the scene.


A second trooper responding to the calls for assistance met the fleeing pickup and a pursuit developed southbound on US 53.


As the fleeing pickup entered Virginia the trooper was assisted by squads from Virginia Police and St. Louis Co. Sheriff in stopping the pickup and arresting the suspect.


No one was injured during the incident. The suspect, Kevin Michael Korte, 33, was booked into the St. Louis Co. Jail on multiple charges. He will be formally charged this week. Once the suspect has been formally charged additional information on the incident will be released.


The trooper involved in the confrontation has been placed on administrative leave. This is standard State Patrol policy.


This incident is under investigation by the State Patrol and the St. Louis Co. Sheriff’s Office. The completed investigation will be forwarded to the St. Louis Co. Attorney’s Office.