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WAUKESHA — An 18-year-old St. Francis man facing homicide charges for a crash that killed his friend will stand trial.

Investigators say Ihor Sahan was driving drunk when he slammed into a Waukesha County Sheriff’s squad car on I-94 near Sunnyslope.

“The accident caused the striking vehicle to go up in flames, and caused enough damage to the squad that the passenger side door was left inoperable,” Deputy Inspector James Gumm said.

Two deputies, identified as Bryan Skaar and Patrick Sykes jumped into action to pull Sahan and his passenger, 17-year-old Ryan Petri from their vehicle.

Petri was listed in critical condition after the crash, and died at the hospital on Saturday, November 3rd.

The Sheriff’s deputies were injured and are still recovering.

In court on Thursday, November 15th, prosecutors made their case. Those who witnessed the crash testified, and prosecutors presented blood test and autopsy results.

Sahan is expected back in court for his arraignment in January.

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