Man Charged in Alleged High Speed Chase

By KBJR News 1

May 9, 2012 Updated May 9, 2012 at 7:16 PM CDT

Virginia, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A 33-year-old Virginia man has been charged for allegedly ramming his car into that of a State Trooper's and sending police officers on a high speed chase.

Kevin Michael Korte has been charged with use of deadly force against a peace officer or correctional employee, 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and a DUI. Three of Korte's charges are felonies.

These charges stem from an incident back on Saturday, May 5th where Korte allegedly led troopers on a high speed chase after witnesses say he crashed into a mailbox.

According to police, Korte rammed his car into a trooper's car hard enough to disable the trooper's vehicle.

Authorities say the trooper, acting in self defense, fired several shots at the suspects vehicle. Officers say no one was injured by any of the shots fired.

Korte then allegedly led another trooper on a high speed chase before authorities were able to arrest him.

Korte is being held at the St. Louis County Jail.

Korte's bail has been set at $50,000.

An omnibus hearing is scheduled for May, 21.

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