NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – A man once arrested for making terrorism threats in East Tennessee and knocked unconscious by Humphreys County police was arrested early Friday morning in downtown Nashville for driving his car recklessly on the Siegenthaler pedestrian bridge.
According to subway police, the 31-year-old man jumped the bend, rounded the security barriers on 3rd Avenue, then drove with enough speed to get some fresh air according to witnesses.
Police said it happened around 12:15 p.m. Friday.
David Stoliarchuk, 31, drove his Nissan Altima onto the bridge, then backed up and parked in the middle of the bridge, according to the MNPD.
Several people checked on him, then city officials, including police, arrived and took him into custody.
Barriers on 3rd Avenue are approximately seven feet in the middle of the walking path and nine feet on the side where they border a cement wall and high curb.
“I don’t understand how you could bring a car here. I mean, like who would do that. It’s dangerous and stupid,” said Joseph Duncan, who was riding a scooter on the bridge later Friday. “It’s terrible, I’d be scared for my life if someone did that, especially here where everyone is partying across the street.”
“I’d be scared to be here if someone’s driving,” added Benjamin Turner, who was also on deck later Friday. “There is nowhere to drive here safely.”
According to a report released by the Cleveland Tennessee Police Department, in 2018 David Stoliarchuk was charged with making terrorism threats and homicide.
According to Cleveland police reports, in March 2018, officers reported a reference to a suspicious male to a Starbucks. Reports say David Stoliarchuk was in the restaurant and was acting strangely, “acting like he was shooting people with his hands.” The report stated that Stoliarchuk had been banned from all Starbucks.
According to the police report, “Mr. Stoliarchuk threatened to shoot several churches in 2011. Mr. Stoliarchuk is believed to have violent tendencies and mental health issues.
The report went on to say that Stoliarchuk made threats on Facebook on March 1, 2018. In the post “Mr. Stoliarchuk states that the cops and paramedics shouldn’t harass him because he would kill them. He further states that he wishes to kill his mother.
The report states: “Currently, warrants have been issued for the arrest of David Stoliarchuk for terrorist threats and two counts of harassment.
But News 2 learned that later the same day, March 1, 2018, Stoliarchuk was found at a pilot station in Humphreys County. It was then that THP Private Bennett informed deputies that Stopliarchuk was wanted outside Cleveland for multiple crimes.
The report says Stoliarchuk fled the store when police confronted him.
Officers surrounded Stoliarchuk’s car and made a criminal stop, ordering him out of the car.
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The 27-year-old walked out, but folded his arms and refused to comply with orders.
When officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, the report said there was an altercation. It was then that officers deployed a stun gun and Stoliarchuk went to the ground.
Although this has not been confirmed, according to Stoliarchuk’s personal Facebook page, the suspect claimed to have studied civil engineering at UT Knoxville. He said he studied math at UT Chattanooga, and he said he also studied pastoral ministry at Lee University.
The suspect was charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, namely a car. He was also charged with reckless driving. He’s in the subway jail on $25,000 bond.
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According to the MNPD affidavit, when police asked Stoliarchuk how he ended up on the bridge, he refused to say anything except that his GPS took him there.