Baytown, TX – Texas authorities have released a February arrest video of the man charged with killing seven bikers in New Hampshire (video below).
Seven U.S. Marines were killed in a fiery crash at about 6:30 p.m. on June 21 after a pickup truck driven by 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy crossed the center line on U.S. 2, the Boston Herald reported.
Zhukovskyy crashed his 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck head-on into a group of Jarheads Motorcycle club riders on their way to an event in northern New Hampshire.
“We’re able to confirm that we have seven fatalities at this point,” New Hampshire State Police Captain Chris Vetter told WMUR the night of the wreck. “In addition to that, we had two people who were injured that were transported to the [hospital], and an additional person that was med-flighted to [the hospital].”
The captain described the mass-casualty collision as “tragic.”
“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a crash with as much loss of life,” he said. “It was a pretty significant accident, obviously.”
Zhukovskyy was arrested and pleaded not guilty to seven counts of negligent homicide.
A judge in Lancaster, New Hampshire ordered him held without bond, the Boston Herald reported.
Zhukovskyy, a native of Ukraine, is also being held on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer and faces deportation when he is released from jail.
After the wreck, investigators discovered that the driver of the truck that killed seven people had a history of driving under the influence, according to MassLive.
In fact, he was arraigned on June 26 for a May 11 DUI arrest in East Windsor, Connecticut.
Zhukovskyy’s license had been suspended for several years after a drunk driving incident in Westfield, MassLive reported.
And on June 3, five months after his February arrest in Baytown, he rolled an 18-wheeler in the same area, the Boston Herald reported.
That wreck occurred just two weeks before Zhukovskyy plowed into the motorcycle club in New England.
The video of his February arrest at a Denny’s restaurant in Baytown showed a jittery man hopped up on something that wouldn’t allow him to stand still.
Officers responded to the restaurant for a complaint about a customer who was “talking to himself and acting strange” and banging on the counter, the Boston Herald reported.
Zhukovskyy greeted them in a friendly manner and told the officer they’d scared him. Then he blamed his reaction on a lack of sleep, the video showed.
“I’m sorry guys. I’m just tired. I need to go to sleep. I didn’t sleep for this whole day. I’m always working. I’m a truck driver. My truck is parked outside,” he told the three police officers who initially confronted him.
The officers asked him what he had taken that day and if he was on any drugs.
The video showed Zhukovskyy denied having taken any drugs and said he’d just passed a drug test for his employer.
The officer shined a light in the jittery man’s eyes.
“You’re on something man,” the officer told him. “Your pupils are dilated. What did you take? I just want to know what you took.”
“I didn’t take anything officers,” Zhukovskyy insisted in the video. “I was working the whole day today.”
The video showed the officer asked for and received permission to search the man’s pockets and he found a crack pipe during the search.
That’s when he put Zhukovskyy in handcuffs.
“What did you lie to us for?” the officer asked as the video ended.
Police said Zhukovskyy was charged with a misdemeanor and paid a fine, the Boston Herald reported.
Watch video of the Baytown Denny’s arrest below: