Oleg Tarasuk, 50, of Roseville was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence causing death and also gross vehicular manslaughter. His bail is set at $275,000.
Police said Tarasuk was reported by a citizen to have been driving in a reckless manner about 8 p.m. Tuesday near Junction Boulevard and Washington Boulevard. The caller also told dispatch that Tarasuk's pickup truck had come to a stop at a recycling area across from the Placer County fairgrounds.
When officers responded to the recycling area, they spoke to Tarasuk, only to have him gun his engine to drive away.
In response, an officer tried to block Tarasuk's getaway with his patrol car, prompting Tarsuk to push the patrol car out of the way with his pickup The suspect then drove from the scene southbound on Washington Boulevard.
Officers followed and eventually came upon the Tarasuk in a pile-up at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Main Street. Police said he had collided with three other vehicles and hit a pedestrian.
The pedestrian, who has not been identified, died at the scene. One of the drivers of the cars Tarasuk's pickup hit was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
PHOTO CAPTION: Oleg Tarasuk