Man accused of driving truck into club, trying to start fire appears in court

Man accused of driving truck into club, trying to start fire appears in court

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The man who police say drove his truck through the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club made his first court appearance on Friday.

Cale Winternheimer, 47, of Evansville is charged with criminal recklessness, armed with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief, and arson.

The judge found probable cause for those charges and set a $250,000 bond. But if Winternheimer posts bond he will be on strict electronic home detention.

Part of the reasoning is due to Winternheimer’s criminal history, which includes two active felony cases from this year; one for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and another for intimidation using a deadly weapon. Police say Winternheimer brought a five-gallon gas can to Grim Reapers and tried more than once to light it on fire in front of the club.

Police tell us shots were fired, but no one was hit.

Winternheimer was taken to the hospital after police say he was physically assaulted by pool sticks, fists and feet. He was released and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on Thursday.

Winternheimer is expected back in court next week.

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