Pott County chase & arrest: update – names released


November 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in western Iowa have released the names of  two people who were arrested Sunday morning following a gas drive-off and high-speed chase.  Lt. John Reynolds with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspects as Jennifer and Norman Burnholm, of Greenville, South Carolina.  The couple was located in a muddy ravine by Pott. County K-9 officer Brian Miller and his partner “Francisco.”

The Iowa State Patrol says the pursuit began Sunday morning on Interstate 29 near Glenwood, when the pair drove off without paying for gas. During the ensuing chase, speeds topped 100 miles an hour. The pickup the suspects were in came to rest in a corn field near 272nd and Juniper Streets, between McClelland and Underwood.  A perimeter was established by the Patrol and Deputies with the Pott County Sheriff’s Office before the suspects were found and taken into custody at around 10:15-a.m.   

The patrol says the vehicle the couple were in had been stolen from South Carolina, where it was involved in a police chase last Tuesday. The Burnholm’s were booked into the Pott County Jail, where they were being held on $10,000 bond, each. Norman Burnholm faces at least 20 charges , including Theft in the 1st Degree, 2 counts of Assault on a Police Officer, Drug Paraphernalia, eluding, Possesion of a weapon, 2nd Degree Robbery, Assault while participating in a Felony, and on a warrant out of South Carolina. Jennifer Burnholm faces charges which include 1st Degree Theft, Robbery in the 2nd Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Preventing or Obstructing Prosecution and being a fugitive from justice, in association with incidents which allegedly occurred in South Carolina.