It's Like Russian Roulette - Except With A Car
Why don't we just give Ronald Dunaj a loaded firearm and let him start shooting? He sure seems hell bent on killing himself and taking a bunch of innocent people with him. What's even worse though is that the judicial system really doesn't seem that inclined to stop him!
Dunaj was arrested early Tuesday afternoon after leading police on a high speed chase through the streets of Green Bay.
According to the criminal complaint, Dunaj was initially pulled over on I-43 east of Green Bay after being observed driving between 50 and 100 miles per hour and tailgating cars. As a Brown County Sheriff's Deputy approached Dunaj's car, Dunaj pulled away.
A high speed chase then ensued. During the chase, Dunaj allegedly drove at speeds of up to 100 miles an hour. At one point, Dunaj ran eight red lights in Green Bay at excessively high rates of speed. Ultimately, pursuing squads stopped Dunaj by forcing him to spin out.
When he was finally apprehended, police found a six pack of beer in his car - with one opened. In what should be a surprise to no one, Dunaj admitted that he had been drinking. Miraculously, no one was injured during the course of the chase - including Dunaj's 14 year old son (who was a passenger in the vehicle during the episode)!
As unbelievable as it may be, the situation is even worse than it seems. You see, prior to this latest incident, Dunaj had been convicted of driving while intoxicated nine separate times. That's right, this is his tenth arrest for drunk driving.
That's not a typographical error. Dunaj, age 36, has been already been convicted of drunk driving nine times!
Candidly, Dunaj has so many convictions for traffic violations that it's difficult to keep them all straight. It appears however that he was convicted of drunken driving in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005. Some years have multiple convictions.
Hopefully, the tenth time will be the charm and, if convicted, Dunaj will be warehoused once and for all. The overriding question though is what in the world was he doing still behind the wheel of a car in the first place?
Dunaj was arrested for his ninth drunk driving offense in Sheboygan in December of 2005. He was convicted in March of 2006. For reasons that pass understanding, Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Gary Langhoff only sentenced Dunaj to 18 months in prison. Judge Langhoff did however order Dunaj not to drive without a license.
Yeah, right! How did that work out?
Judge Langhoff isn't the only Sheboygan County Judge who has slapped Dunaj on the wrist. For example, in April of 2002, Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Timothy Van Akkeren sentenced Dunaj for his eighth drunk driving conviction. Judge Van Akkeren originally sentenced Dunaj to serve six months in State prison but subsequently increased it to one year. One year for eighth offense drunk driving!
It's absolutely mind-boggling to me that a 36 year old man can have accumulated nine drunk driving convictions and still be in a position to be arrested for a tenth. Obviously, Dunaj has a serious problem. What's worse though is that his problem becomes ours when he gets behind the wheel of a car.
Hopefully, the Brown County District Attorney won't be inclined to plea bargain this case away. More importantly, in the event of a conviction, hopefully the Brown County Circuit Judge who handles this case won't treat the matter as cavalierly as the Sheboygan courts did.
If some judge is considering sending Dunaj back out on the streets any time soon though, I have a suggestion. Why don't we just give him a loaded gun and let him start shooting instead. The result will probably be the same as a loaded Dunaj behind the wheel of a car careening through the community yet again.