A Viroqua man on felony probation had heroin in his pickup truck when he crashed into a sport-utility vehicle on Monday, killing the driver, according to court records.

Corey Bolstad

Bolstad

Prosecutors Wednesday charged Corey Bolstad, 34, with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by vehicle-use of a controlled substance, possession of narcotic drugs and hit-and-run of an attended vehicle, all as a repeat offender, in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge Gloria Doyle jailed Bolstad, who has drunken driving convictions in 2003 and 2013, on a $50,000 cash bond.

Bolstad was driving a Dodge Ram septic pump truck about 6:50 p.m. on Sand Lake Road near Sand Lake Elementary in Holmen when he struck the rear of a Ford Explorer, causing it to roll, according to the complaint.

The driver of the Explorer, 65-year-old Rebecca Berndt of Onalaska, died at a La Crosse hospital.

Bolstad continued driving until crashing into a nearby house.

Bolstad struck two cars before the fatal crash, and witnesses said he was driving into oncoming traffic to pass vehicles. Police found 0.5 grams of heroin and a syringe on the floor of his truck.

He denied using heroin or methamphetamine but said he used prescription medication earlier Monday. Results from a blood test are expected at a later date.

Bolstad, who is on probation for bail jumping, returns to court Aug. 16 for his preliminary hearing.

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Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.

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