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Bogdan Vechirko biography: 13 things about man who drove into George Floyd protest on I-35W

Bogdan Vechirko (©Hennepin County Jail)

Bogdan Vechirko (©Hennepin County Jail)

Bogdan Vechirko is a Russian-American man from Minnesota, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

 

  1. He was born in 1985.
  2. He lives in Otsego, Minnesota with his wife Liudmila Vechirko, who is also Russian-American.
  3. In 2009, he was convicted for failing to wear a seatbelt.
  4. In November 2012, he was charged with a misdemeanor domestic assault, disorderly conduct and interfering with a 911 call in Minnesota. The charges stemmed from an incident that happened on August 1, 2012. He was convicted of the disorderly conduct charge while the other two counts were dismissed. He served a 30-day sentence at a work house in Hennepin County, Minnesota.
  5. He donated $100 n August 2018 and $115 in October 2018 to the Republican National Committee.
  6. In October 2019, he donated $100 to the Make America Great Again Committee of 45th U.S. president Donald Trump.
  7. In January 2020, he was convicted of failing to display the registration number on a snowmobile.
  8. At 5:44 p.m. on May 31, 2020, he was king a round-trip delivery to a gas station, driving an empty fuel tanker truck when he encountered more than 1,000 pedestrians protesting George Floyd‘s death on the Interstate 35W bridge, also called I-35W Mississippi River Bridge, in Minnesota. He slowed down and stopped after driving through the large crowd. No one was hurt but protesters pulled him from the truck, physically attacked him and vandalized the vehicle. He obtained cuts to his face and some items were stolen from the truck. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital before he was arrested and held on suspicion of assault at the Hennepin County Jail in Minnesota.
  9. The truck he was driving on May 31, 2020 was owned by Kenan Advantage, which said he was an independent contractor.
  10. On June 2, 2020, he was released from the Hennepin County Jail without being formally charged.
  11. On October 22, 2020, the Hennnepin County Attorney’s Office announced that he was charged with one count of criminal vehicular operation, a gross misdemeanor, and one count of threats of violence, a felony.
  12. He is represented by Mark Solheim. When he saw the protesters on the Interstate 35W bridge on May 31, 2020, he “relied on his professional instinct and training to avoid a hard brake that could have jackknifed the truck and could have seriously injured or killed thousands of people and instead slowed his vehicle while maneuvering through the parted crowd,” the Star Tribune quoted Solheim as saying.
  13. He will appear in court on November 10, 2020.

(This is a developing story. Updates will be added as soon as they are available.)

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