A Leadwood man is being charged with several felonies after police say he broke into a home and then led police in a high-speed pursuit.

Keith Carter, 50, is charged with a class B felony of burglary in the first degree, a class E felony of resisting arrest and a class E felony of unlawful use of a weapon.

According to a probable cause statement, on Oct. 2 officers were called to the 200 block of South School Street in Desloge for a disturbance. Central Dispatch told the officers that Carter was at the house trespassing and armed with a knife.

The victim told police that Carter had forced his way into her home and that she and two others were locked in the bathroom for their protection. She said she believed Carter fled on his motorcycle.

The officer were familiar with both Carter and the woman since she had made several reports in the past against Carter for his violent behavior.

She had recently told officers that Carter had been following her everywhere she goes and that he had been threatening to kill her if she didn’t take him back. At that time she had asked the officers if they would perform extra patrols of her home due to Carter driving by and his threats. The woman had made a domestic assault report against Carter on Oct. 1.

When the officers arrived at the house Oct. 2, they heard what sounded like the motorcycle accelerating at a high rate of speed heading away from the area. Officers knew where Carter lived so they contacted the Leadwood Police Department and asked them to keep an eye for Carter.

An officer headed toward Highway 8 to see if he could find Carter and he could see and hear the motorcycle heading toward Leadwood at a high rate of speed. The officer turned on his lights and sirens and chased after the motorcycle. Carter reached speeds in an excess of 100 mph.

A Leadwood officer pulled Carter over at Hunt Street and Highway 8. The Desloge officers went over and told Carter he was going to be placed under arrest. He was told to get off the motorcycle and turn around.

Carter got off the bike and looked at the officer for several seconds before he exclaimed that he was not going back to jail. The officer grabbed ahold of Carter’s left wrist and began trying to handcuff him.

Carter tried pulling his arm away from the officer and the second Desloge officer grabbed ahold of his right wrist. Carter continued to pull away so the officer pushed him against his motorcycle to help hold him still. They told Carter several times to stay still, but he kept resisting.

The officer were able to overpower Carter and get him into handcuffs, which they double-locked for safety purposes. 

While the officer took Carter to jail he kept moving around in the patrol car telling the officer he was going to find him out one day and he would hurt the officer. Once at the jail the officer found a straight razor, hammer, socket wrench, three knives and a hidden handcuff key. The officer also discovered Carter’s handcuffs were no longer double-locked.

Carter was being held in the St. Francois County Jail on a $35,000 bond.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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