Two killed in Glenwood-area chase were fugitives
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Two Wisconsin residents who were killed in a high-speed chase south of Glenwood Springs early Saturday morning were reportedly fugitives.
The Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis. reported Monday 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 10 most wanted list.
A warrant was issued for Weil’s arrest on Jan. 23 ” the same day a burglary charge was filed against her, according to the newspaper.
A bench warrant issued for Holum’s arrest in Eau Claire, Dunn and Pepin counties, all in Wisconsin, in February. He faced multiple charges, including burglary, criminal damage to property and theft, the newspaper report said.
Holum and Weil were killed shortly after midnight when the Ford pickup Holum was driving crashed after a brief, high-speed chase involving Colorado State Patrol troopers. The pursuit reached speeds of 90 mph, the patrol said.
According to the patrol, a trooper attempted to pull Holum over at about 12:29 a.m. Saturday because the pickup truck was allegedly weaving. Holum did not immediately stop, the patrol said.
After an initial contact, Holum fled as the trooper approached his vehicle for a second time, according to the state patrol. Two troopers were involved in a chase that lasted about 5 minutes. The officers were not injured, though Holum reportedly attempted to force one of the troopers off the road by ramming his pickup into the trooper’s vehicle.
Weil was pronounced dead at the scene, while Holum was transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood and was pronounced dead a couple of hours later. Neither individual was wearing a seatbelt and both were ejected from the pickup truck, according to the patrol.
According to state patrol spokesman David Hall, 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 number of them are in trouble with the law.
“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.
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