Driver from pursuit charged in court

From Local Sources


JASPER — The suspect from a pursuit earlier this month that started in Jasper and ended with a crash just inside Orange County was booked into the Dubois County Security Center this week.

Alexander L. Korthaus, 19, 4027 Baden Strasse, Jasper, is charged in Dubois Circuit Court with Level 6 felony criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, plus misdemeanor aggressive driving, criminal mischief and reckless driving.

Those charges stem from an incident reported at 11:49 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in which a 911 caller said a male was standing in the roadway with a gun to his head in the area of Baden Strasse.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office responded and reported that an individual was then located in the Walmart/GameStop parking lot driving recklessly in a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck.

Police report Korthaus drove recklessly northbound on U.S. 231 into Haysville, turned eastbound on State Road 56 and the truck eventually crashed at Orange County Road 1175W after traveling over two sets of stop sticks.

Korthaus, who had to be extricated and was not responsive, was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center before being transferred by St. Vincent Air Evac to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville.

Authorities found that the weapon used in the incident was actually a type of BB gun. It was located on the floor of the truck.

After Korthaus was released from the hospital, authorities sought and were granted a warrant for his arrest. Korthaus was booked into the security center at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday on the active warrant and was released Thursday on his own recognizance.

The Jasper Police Department, Indiana State Police, a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, French Lick Police Department, West Baden Police Department, Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, French Lick Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Magner’s Towing and Recovery, Paoli, assisted on the night of the incident.

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