A man was charged with driving recklessly after he crashed the car he was driving into a tree going 85 to 90 mph, injuring all six people inside the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.
Roland Blade Jr., 29, of Racine, was charged with five counts of reckless driving, and five counts of intoxicated use of a vehicle-great bodily harm by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, June 23. Blade Jr. is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.
If convicted on all charges, Blade Jr. faces up to 80 years in prison and/or fined up to $175,000.
According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police responded to a call at 2:29 a.m. Saturday, June 20 in the 3700 block of Main St. that a Mercury Mountaineer crashed into a pine tree and knocked it down. Six people — including Blade who was driving — were inside the vehicle before the crash.
Following the crash, three men were thrown outside of the Mercury.
Trapped in the engine compartment of the vehicle, a woman screamed “Help me! I don’t want to die! I can’t breathe! It’s hot!” The officer could see a woman’s legs dangling. Her upper body was trapped under the hood, and her lower body was “through the windshield and the passenger compartment.
Blade Jr. was trapped in the driver’s seat.
Two of the passengers in the car told police that they had all been drinking at Kenny’s Bar before the car crash.
While Blade was taken to the hospital for a legal blood draw, the results are not known as the Wisconsin State Crime Lab still has to process it.
One passenger told police that Blade Jr. was driving 85 to 90 mph.
According to the criminal complaint: A 20-year-old woman had severe scalp lacerations, facial burns and a broken leg; a 22-year-old man’s leg was fractured; and a 24-year-old passenger had a broken leg, facial swelling, and was transferred to ICU for monitoring.
A 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old passenger were taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.The 26-year-old man suffered a head injury, rib fractures, and had to have a chest tube.
The man told police that Blade Jr. was “speeding very fast” and that he was “racing.” Just prior to the crash, the man put on his seat belt.
The 23-year-old passenger remains on life support at Froedtert Hospital.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. July 1 in Racine County Felony Court.