NY terror suspect was stopped by trooper outside Phoenix in 2014

Sayfullo Saipov is facing two counts related to Tuesday’s vehicular homicide attack. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect accused in a truck rampage that killed eight people in New York City this week, was stopped by a state trooper outside of Phoenix in May 2014.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said Friday that a trooper pulled over a commercial vehicle Saipov was driving on Interstate 17 at milepost 227, near New River.

The trooper performed a commercial-vehicle inspection on Saipov’s truck and issued him a repair order for an unspecified equipment violation, according to Bart Graves, a DPS spokesman. Saipov was also ticketed for speeding.

At the time, Saipov had a Pennsylvania driver’s license, Graves said.

“We don’t know why he was in Arizona on May 5, 2014 but we have since sent all that information to the FBI,” he said.

Authorities say Saipov most likely acted alone when he planned and carried out Tuesday’s carnage that also wounded 12, although he appears to have been heavily influenced by ISIS ideology and methods.

Saipov, 29, immigrated to the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 2010 under a State Department lottery visa program that encourages applicants from countries with relatively few immigrants to the U.S.

The incident in Arizona wasn’t the first of Saipov’s relatively brief trucking career.

Saipov was pulled over March 26, 2015, while driving a tractor-trailer through Mount Holly Springs, Pa., and was issued a citation for failing a routine truck inspection.

A search of public records showed he also had received traffic citations on Dec. 4, 2011, near in Dallas County, Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register; and on Dec. 16, 2015, in Platte County, Mo., northwest of Kansas City, according to KSHB-TV, Kansas City, Mo.

USA Today contributed to this report.

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