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Fiery drunk driving crash suspect was out on bond from prior OWI

Posted at 10:54 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 23:54:05-05

Glendale police said Oleksiy Raldukhin put dozens of lives in danger when he led them on a high-speed chase that ended in a fiery crash last week.

Raldukhin was arrested Wednesday for OWI causing injury, recklessly endangering safety, eluding a police officer causing damage to property, along with a slew of other charges.

Raldukhin tried to get his bail reduced Monday. But TODAY'S TMJ4 learned he was out on bail for drunk driving in Crawford County (southwest Wisconsin) when this latest incident happened.
Raldukhin cried in court, as the judge set his bail at $10,000.

"You were already out on bail on another matter for similar conduct, drinking and driving," the judge told Raldukhin.  "And then you go out and do it again? And the conduct has just simply increased in its intensity and level of danger that you pose to yourself and everyone else around you."

Raldukhin's OWI arrest in Crawford County was less than two months ago. In addition, he was convicted of OWI in 2015, and OWI and possession of cocaine in 2010.

Last Wednesday around 1 p.m., a driver called River Hills police about a suspected case of drunk driving and road rage. The caller said a black pick-up truck was, "swerving into his lane, in what appeared to be an attempt to strike his car."

He said the truck "stopped in front of his vehicle and then reversed quickly stopping just short of striking his car, and that his 8-year-old daughter was in the car crying."

Just minutes later, Brown Deer police got calls about the same truck running red lights and hitting two traffic signs on Brown Deer Road.

A Bayside police officer tried to pull over the truck on Brown Deer Road, but it sped off onto I-43 South. That's where Glendale police began pursuing the truck.

The truck exited at Locust Street, colliding with another car, then a pole, ultimately catching on fire. That's when Raldukhin got out of the truck, ran and jumped a fence. Police quickly caught up with him in a back alley.

Police said Raldukhin's blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit. 

The woman in the car that was hit by the truck was rushed to the hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.