Wisconsin pair killed while fleeing cops were wanted on warrants

A Wisconsin man and woman who died in a car accident when trying to flee from Colorado State Patrol troopers early Saturday morning had warrants out for their arrests.

However, troopers didn’t know that before pursuing the pair near Glenwood Springs, said Trooper David Hall, a State Patrol spokesman.

Hall on Monday confirmed that warrants had been issued for the arrests of Jonathan P. Holum, 29, and Cora Weil, 23, both of Eau Claire, Wis. But Hall said he didn’t know the reason for the warrants.

The Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire reported Monday that a warrant for Weil’s arrest was issued Jan. 23 in Eau Claire County, and a burglary charge had been filed against her that same day.

Warrants were issued in February against Holum in Eau Claire and two neighboring counties in connection with charges of burglary, theft and criminal damage to property, the paper reported.

The State Patrol said Holum was driving a pickup truck west on Colorado Highway 82 about 10 miles from Glenwood Springs when a trooper pulled him over for weaving around 12:30 a.m.
Saturday.

The trooper returned to her car to check the record of the name Holum had given her, but it was a false identity and came back clear, Hall said. By that time, another trooper had arrived on the scene.

When the first trooper began to return to Holum’s vehicle, Holum drove off, Hall said. The troopers pursued, and about four miles from Glenwood Springs, Holum rammed the first trooper’s vehicle by swerving from the right lane into the left lane while traveling about 60 mph with the second trooper behind them.

The truck spun and then rolled, ejecting Holum and Weil, who weren’t wearing seat belts. Weil was dead at the scene, and Holum was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, where he was pronounced dead at 2:11 a.m. Saturday.

The troopers’ names are being withheld for now and an internal review of the incident is being conducted. But Hall said he is not aware of any “red flags” being raised about the troopers’ decisions and they have not been placed on administrative leave.

“We’re not treating this as a use of force (by troopers),” Hall said. “This was an intentional act of the suspect. He made a decision to ram the patrol car.”

He said troopers are given discretion to decide whether to pursue suspects, and Holum was believed to be intoxicated.

The trooper whose vehicle was hit is a supervisor and is a certified driving instructor for police.

Her vehicle sustained minor damage.


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