A Utah man arrested for driving at speeds of 130 miles per hour claimed he was on his way to kill former Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill “if she wasn’t already dead,” according to a police affidavit issued early Wednesday morning.
At 12:45 p.m., a Utah Highway Patrol officer discovered George William Stahl, 36, of Cottonwood Heights, who, according to the affidavit from Deseret News, was driving 115 miles per hour on Interstate 80 in Summit County. Stahl had been incarcerated in Summit County jail that morning and is currently under investigation for making a terrorist threat, failing to stop on police orders, reckless driving, speeding, drunk driving, and possession of drugs.
“I immediately activated my emergency lights and the vehicle seemed to accelerate faster and pull away from me,” the affidavit states. “I caught up with the vehicle, which was still going over 100 miles per hour, and the vehicle accelerated again and pulled away.
According to the police, Stahl’s vehicle reached at least 130 mph and was driving on slippery roads because of the light snow. Another police officer impaled the vehicle’s tires to force it to stop.
Authorities say Stahl had an empty 12-pack of Budweiser beer in his car, along with another 12-pack that had been partially drunk.
“Stahl was belligerent and appeared to be heavily intoxicated… In his car was an empty 12-pack of Budweiser beer and another 12-pack that had been partially drunk,” the affidavit states. Stahl also told the police that he had taken Adderall and LSD in addition to the beer.
He was transported to the North Summit fire station for medical examination and began to aggressively claim that he had planned to kill McCaskill.
“He stated that he was on his way to Missouri to kill (former U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill) if she was not already dead,” Summit County police wrote. “Stahl threatened Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill in several ways. He stated that he was on his way to Missouri to kill her several times.”
McCaskill responded to the threat in a statement to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
“Obviously this is not the first time there have been threats, and that’s not good,” said the former senator. “But the political temperature is very high right now, which makes it disturbing.”
McCaskill, a Democrat, was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 and served two terms until 2019, after losing her re-election to current GOP Senator Josh Hawley. She currently serves as an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
The threat against McCaskill comes just days after a Staten Island man was arrested for making anti-Semitic threats against minority leader Sen. Chuck Schumer in social media, and about a month after a violent plan to kidnap Michigan government member Gretchen Whitmer was thwarted by the FBI. Whitmer has described President Donald Trump’s language and rhetoric as a form of “complicity” that allows domestic terrorists to formulate these dangerous plots.
Washington Newsday asked Claire McCaskill for a comment….