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Road rage suspect speaks out in court, claims mistreatment

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The suspect in a southern Indiana road rage case did a lot of talking Tuesday. Despite being in custody, Donald Eldridge had a lot to say as he left a Clark County courtroom.

Eldridge made his first court appearance Tuesday. Afterwards, he told us how he ended up in the hospital and in a wheelchair.

He rolled into a Clark County courtroom facing several felony changes including drugs, weapons and intimidation. That's why his first words after court might surprise you.

"I'd like to be released," Eldridge stated.

He has been in custody since last week when Jeffersonville police say he pulled a gun on a woman during a road rage incident on Interstate 65. But he says it didn't happen.

"They lied, I did not wave no gun," Eldridge said.

But police say Eldridge abandoned his car and inside they found the gun and drugs. He also had to be chased down by a K-9 unit, which is what put him in the hospital and a wheelchair.

He told us a gash on his head came from "excessive force" and he was "treated wrongly" when he was on the ground.

Prosecutors say Eldridge has a lengthy criminal history so if he's convicted of the charges against him he could go to prison for a long time.

"The highest felony level, which is level two, it's a maximum of 30 years, with the habitual offender enhancement, that could be maxed out at 50 years," Clark County deputy prosecutor Michaelia Gilbert explained.

Meanwhile, in court Eldridge asked the judge to lower his $50,000 cash bond.

"He is innocent until proven guilty; however, given these current allegations and prior criminal record, I believed that it was in the best interest of the community that he have a high cash bond," Gilbert said.

"I feel that my bond should be 10 percent," Eldridge told us.

Eldridge is scheduled to be back in court next month.

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