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UHP: DUI suspect threatened to kill former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill

Mug shot: George Stahl
Posted at 1:15 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 17:49:54-05

COALVILLE, Utah — A man is accused of threatening to kill former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill and driving under the influence at 130 mph along I-80 in Summit County.

George William Stahl, 36, faces several misdemeanor and felony charges following his arrest early Wednesday morning.

According to a probable cause statement, radar equipment showed Stahl was driving 115 mph per hour when he passed a Utah Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound I-80 near mile marker 145.

The trooper activated his vehicle's emergency lights and began to follow Stahl, but "the vehicle appeared to accelerate faster and pull away from me," the trooper wrote in the statement.

The probable cause statement said the pursuit reached a speed of 130 mph and the roads were slick with light snow. Troopers used spike strips to stop the vehicle and took Stahl into custody.

The trooper said Stahl was belligerent and appeared heavily intoxicated, and a search of Stahl's vehicle yielded an empty 12-pack of beer and another partially-consumed 12-pack.

"Stahl stated that he was on Adderall, LSD and beer," the statement said.

Stahl was taken to the North Summit Fire station for a medical evaluation.

"[Stahl] continued to be belligerent but was cleared by medical personnel. On his way to the fire station and the Summit County jail, he made several real threats to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. He stated that he was on his way to Missouri to kill her if she wasn't dead already," the statement said.

An unknown substance found in Stahl's vehicle is suspected to be LSD.

Stahl faces felony charges of threat of terrorism and failure to stop at the command of a police, misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance, and a speeding infraction.