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Intoxicated, wrong-way driver in Wis. I-94 crash gets 75 years in prison

Serghei Kundilovski, 36, of Orangevale, Calif., is sentenced Monday to three counts of homicide in a July 13 head-on collision on Interstate 94 in Dunn County. Ben Rueter / Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

MENOMONIE, Wis. — The man charged with a triple homicide after being accused of driving the wrong way down Interstate 94 last year was sentenced Monday, April 30, to 75 years in prison.

Serghei Kundilovski, 36, of Orangevale, Calif., pleaded guilty in November 2017 in Dunn County Court to three counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

On Monday, Dunn County Judge James Peterson sentenced Kundilovski for 25 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision for each count of homicide to be served consecutively.

In addition, he will have to pay $39,000 in restitution for the funeral expenses to the victims’ families.

Kundilovski sat with his head down for most of the hearing in front of blown up photos of the three victims: Adam G. Kendhammer, 32, Jeremy A. Berchem, 27, and Bryan E. Rudell, 29, all of Minneapolis.

The crash happened about nine miles west of Menomonie.

Wisconsin state troopers found two Ultra Duster canned air units in Kundilovski’s car. Authorities believe Kundilovski was huffing, using the aerosol to get a high.

The state hygiene lab tested Kundilovski’s blood, which showed he had ethanol and difluoroethane — a compound in aerosol and air duster cans — in his system at the time of the crash.

He also had a 0.02 blood alcohol level, below the legal limit to drive of 0.08.