by Ivan Foley
A few additional details have emerged in court documents surrounding the man who forced a four-hour shutdown of Interstate 29 when police say he pointed what appeared to be a gun at passing vehicles.
As reported in last week’s Landmark, Khrurshed Haydarov, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa., originally from the country of Uzbekistan, has been charged with making a terroristic threat. He is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
New information includes the fact Haydarov has requested a bond reduction. A hearing on that matter was held Tuesday morning in front of Platte County Associate Circuit Court Judge Ann Hansbrough.
At a court appearance last week, Haydarov, speaking through a Russian interpreter, told the court he needs to contact his brother or wife in an effort to retain a private attorney.
According to allegations spelled out in court documents, the incident that occurred on Friday, Dec. 23 at the rest stop northbound on I-29 in northern Platte County not far from the Dearborn exit, began when the Platte County Communications Center began to receive 911 calls regarding a person pointing a long gun out of the window of a tractor-trailer that was parked in the rest area at about 8:45 a.m.
The calling parties described a male pointing the gun at passing cars, allegedly “tracking” the cars with the barrel of the gun out the driver’s side window of the tractor. The caller stated they were in fear for their safety and others that were traveling on the interstate.
Arriving deputies located the tractor-trailer described in the 911 calls. A deputy saw the driver’s door come open and a male step out onto the running board. The male then pulled the front of his blue sweat pants down and urinated while standing on the running board. The male then got back into the cab of the t ruck and shut the door.
A few seconds later the deputy saw what he believed to be the barrel of a shotgun being pointed out the driver’s side window at passing cars. The deputy says he witnessed the man do this several times.
After several hours and many attempts to get the suspect to respond to negotiators, the decision was made to breach a window on the sleeper cab on the passenger side of the tractor to determine if the suspect was in the vehicle and still alive.
The window was breached, Haydarov was located awake in the sleeper portion of the tractor, according to authorities. He moved to the front of the cab, sat in the driver’s seat, grabbed a long gun from the right of where he was sitting and threw it backward to the sleeper compartment.
Authorities say Haydarov was taken into custody without further incident. When he was handcuffed, the deputies noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. A search of the cab of the truck was conducted for safety purposes, authorities say, and a black and brown long gun that appeared to be a 12-guage shotgun was found on the bed in the sleeper portion of the tractor. It was discovered the gun is a pellet gun that had the orange safety tip removed.
In court documents, authorities say Haydarov appeared to be disoriented and said he did not speak much English. Haydarov did admit, authorities say, that the gun is his and that he had been drinking alcohol.
Court documents allege Haydarov’s blood alcohol content was .0381. The legal limit for driving is .08.
The incident ended around 1 p.m. and the interstate was reopened shortly thereafter.