New Footage Released in McVeigh's Arrest

Saturday, December 27th 2008, 10:50 pm
By: News 9

By Jon Jordan, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A video released Friday shows the dash camera footage of the state topper who pulled over Timothy McVeigh, who was responsible for bombing of the Murrah Federal Building.

The video shows what McVeigh was seeing moments before his arrest.

Trooper Charlie Hanger pulled over the getaway car almost an hour and a half after the bombing took place.

"That's what makes it a fascinating piece of video, behind this sits the perpetrator of the crime and the trooper," said Kari Watkins, Executive Director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

As the video rolls, it captures the car sitting along Interstate 35, while Trooper Hanger is seen jotting down the vehicle identification number of Timothy McVeigh's car.

After checking the VIN number, Hanger searched the inside of the car and found a concealed and loaded gun.

"I think what you see in this video is an ordinary trooper doing his job extraordinarily well that day," Watkins said. "He got all the pieces he needed that day."

The footage also shows McVeigh's vehicle lacking a license plate, which was the initial reason he was pulled over.

"It's very clear from the video...there's no tag in the video, the conspiracy theory on that point can go away," Kari Watkins said.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial will hold the video, which will be included in a documentary about McVeigh's arrest.

"It doesn't bring back the 168 lives, doesn't bring back the pain and agony felt or what rescue workers lived through," Kari Watkins said. "But I think it is one more element of telling the story."

The video did not capture the conversation between the Trooper Hanger and McVeigh. According to statements made by Hanger, he hit the wrong button on his video camera.