Man found sleeping with gun at New Haven McDonald’s leads police on pursuit

New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police were called to a McDonald’s in New Haven Sunday morning on the report of a man sleeping in his car with a gun, according to law enforcement officials.

Law enforcement officials report, when officers arrived at the Kimberly Avenue McDonald’s shortly before 5 a.m., they found a man, later identified as 32-year-old Tobias Nivens, sleeping in his car in the drive-thru lane and he had a gun in his lap.

When awoken, the suspect fled, leading police in a pursuit into West Haven, during which time he tossed the gun out of the vehicle. Police did recover the weapon.

West Haven Police say they assisted New Haven police with the pursuit that ended near Meadowbrook Court at Nivens’ residence, where he surrendered and was arrested.

Nivens was arrested on the following charges:

  • Pistol without a permit.
  • Altering serial number on a firearm.
  • Weapon in a motor vehicle.
  • Criminal possession of a firearm.
  • Carrying a dangerous weapon.
  • Interfering with an officer.
  • Reckless endangerment.
  • Engaging police in pursuit.
  • Reckless driving.

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