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


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.


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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