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Heinz Buechele threatens to shoot officers investigating possible DUI, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: May 06 2013 03:38:25 PM CDT
LEHIGH TWP., Pa. -

A man was found with two loaded revolvers in his pants pockets after he threatened to shoot two police officers investigating a possible DUI, officials said.

Heinz A. Buechele was seated in a chair outside the former Gourmet Chalet at 375 Cherryville Rd., Lehigh Twp., Northampton Co., at 4:45 p.m. Thursday being questioned about possibly driving his silver Jaguar under the influence when he told police, "I am going to shoot you. I have a gun," officials said.

Two officers wrestled Buechele to the driveway and stopped him from reaching into his pockets, and during a search, they found a loaded .22 caliber revolver in each off Buechele's front pants pockets, a knife, two large banded wads of money and a wallet, as well as an expired concealed weapons permit and a Florida permit, officials said.

When he drove into Lehigh Township, Buechele was being followed by an Allentown police officer, who had seen him driving erratically, and when a Lehigh Township officer arrived at the rear of the former Gourmet Chalet, Buechele was lying in front of his Jaguar, bleeding from his hand and with a bruise on his head after falling and hitting a propane tank, officials said.

Buechele told police his wife was in Germany and that he had gone out for a "a few drinks" but ended up having "way too much to drink," officials said.

Buechele also told police at the scene, "You'll never own as many cars as I have now in your entire life," "I can buy three of you with the money I have in my pocket," and "I'll let my dogs out and they will tear you up," and at the hospital, he cursed at the officers several times while refusing a blood test for DUI, officials said.

Buechele, 72, listed the Gourmet Chalet as his home address. He was arraigned Saturday afternoon on charges of aggravated and simple assault, making terroristic threats, resisting arrest, refusing a DUI test and careless driving and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $125,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. May 14.