Utah man is accused of threatening to kill president

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CARBON COUNTY (News4Utah) A Price man faces several felony charges after deputies said he threatened to kill the president.

William Scott Wheeler is accused of driving drunk and making threats against the president.

According to the complaint, on August 25, a Carbon County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on the westbound ramp of the 240 interchange. Documents state Wheeler was driving with a blanket on the hood that was obscuring the headlights.

When the deputy approached the driver side window, he noticed there were several long guns laying in the back seat.

The deputy asked Wheeler if he was “OK” to which he responded that he was not “OK” and reportedly said that “he thought he would have made it further without being arrested.”

When asked why he thought he would be arrested, he told the deputy he sent messages to the White House and he was expecting the Secret Service to find him.

Documents state that when the deputy asked why Wheeler had so many weapons, he responded: “they need to fix the problem or I’m going to fix the problem.”

The deputy also noted Wheeler smelled like alcohol and had slower and slurred speech. The deputy conducted a field sobriety test and arrested Wheeler for suspicion of driving under the influence.

A total of six guns were recovered from the vehicle. They were seized by the sheriff’s office due to Wheeler’s alleged intentions of “killing the president.”

Wheeler faces a slew of charges including threatening terrorism, possession of a firearm by a restricted person and driving under the influence.  

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 19.

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