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Trucker who drove into protesters on 35W Bridge released without charges


The truck driver who drove onto the I-35W Bridge and narrowly missed hitting protesters over the weekend was released from jail Tuesday, but prosecutors continue investigating the incident in consultation with the state’s senior public safety official.

Bogdan Vechirko, 35, of Otsego, was jailed Sunday evening on suspicion of assault and held in the Hennepin County jail until midday Tuesday in connection with his empty fuel tanker careening through a crowd marching to protest the May 25 death of George Floyd after being restrained by Minneapolis police.

The County Attorney’s Office had until noon Tuesday to hold Vechirko without charges before they had to release him, pending further investigation, County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement Tuesday.


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