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Utah Man Arrested After Telling Police He Was On His Way To Assassinate Former Democratic Senator

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A Utah man was stopped for speeding and arrested on Wednesday after telling officers he was on his way to assassinate former Sen. Claire McCaskill.

McCaskill is a Democratic politician who served as a Senator from Missouri from 2007 to 2019 before losing her seat to Republican opponent Josh Hawley in 2018.

She was the first female candidate who was elected to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate.

The former Senator is currently a political analyst for MSNBC and NBC.

According to KUTV, George William Stahl, 36, of Cottonwood Heights is facing several charges, including threats of terrorism, speeding, failure to stop at an officer’s commands, and use or possession of a controlled substance.

The incident occurred just east of Kimball Junction around 12:45 a.m. when a parked Highway Patrol trooper noticed the vehicle was driving towards him at over 100 m.p.h. in the snow.

According to the police affidavit, Stahl sped away on interstate 80 eastbound and reached speeds up to 130 m.p.h. when the trooper tried to pull him over.

The affidavit stated:

“I activated my emergency lights immediately and the vehicle appeared to accelerate faster and pull away from me.”

“I caught up to the vehicle who was still traveling over 100 mph and the vehicle accelerated again and pulled away.”

Another trooper managed to successfully spike the vehicle’s tires and make contact with the suspect – who was described as being belligerent and appearing heavily intoxicated when taken into custody.

The affidavit said Stahl, “smelled of an alcoholic beverage and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot”

“There was an empty 12-pack of Budweiser beer in his vehicle as well as a partially consumed other 12-pack.”

Stahl allegedly told officers he was high on LSD and that:

“he was on his way to Missouri to kill (McCaskill) if she wasn’t dead already.”

The affidavit continued:

“Stahl also stated that he hit the spikes going 135 mph.”

“Stahl made several real threats to Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill. He stated that he was on his way to Missouri to kill her several times.”

Before being booked into Summit County Jail, Stahl was taken to North Summit Fire station for a medical evaluation due to his erratic behavior and was later cleared by medical personnel.

The chemical substance found in the backseat of his car was sent to the crime lab to get tested.

Koh Mochizuki

Written by Koh Mochizuki

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