Two killed in weekend crash near Glenwood were fugitives
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A Wisconsin couple that were killed after a high-speed pursuit with Colorado State Patrol south of Glenwood Springs Saturday morning were fugitives.
The Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire County reported today that 29-year-old Jonathan Holum and 23-year-old Cora Weil were facing several criminal charges including burglary, and were recently on the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office 10 most wanted list.
The newspaper report stated that a warrant was issued for Weil’s arrest on Jan. 23, the same day a burglary charge was filed against her.
Holum had a bench warrant issued for his arrest in Eau Claire, Dunn and Pepin counties in February and faced multiple charges including burglary, criminal damage to property, and theft.
The two were killed shortly after midnight when the Ford pickup Holum was driving crashed after a short high-speed chase with Colorado State Patrol troopers.
According to the State Patrol, a trooper attempted to pull the vehicle over around 12:29 a.m. Saturday because the trooper noticed the vehicle weaving. Holum did not immediately pull over.
After the first contact, Holum fled as the trooper approached his vehicle for the second time. Two troopers were involved in the chase and were not injured. However, it was reported that Holum attempted to force one of the troopers off the road by ramming his pickup into the trooper’s vehicle.
The short pursuit reached speeds as high as 90 mph. Holum lost control of the vehicle and rolled near mile marker 4 on Highway 82. The chase lasted approximately five minutes. Neither of the occupants were wearing seat belts, and both were ejected from the vehicle.
Weil was pronounced dead at the scene, while Holum was transported to Valley View Hospital and was pronounced dead a couple of hours later.
According to State Patrol spokesman David Hall, state troopers never know what to expect when they stop a vehicle.
“Any time you make contact, you never know if the person in the car is a lady leaving church or a guy who just killed his wife and family,” Hall said.
Hall said that while not all who run from authorities are fugitives, a fair amount of them are.
“I would say that it’s a fair assumption that the high occurrence of times when people run, it’s because they have some other issues outside of drinking and driving,” Hall said.
Contact John Gardner: 384-9114
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