PD: New Haven man pulls out gun after 2 crashes in East Haven
EAST HAVEN — A New Haven man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly fled the scene of a collision and took out a gun when police showed up, according to officials.
On March 20 around 9:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Laurel Street for a report of a crash where the responsible vehicle fled the scene, Lt. Joseph M. Murgo said.
When the officers got there, the complainant said he was stopped at the intersection of Laurel and Bradley streets when he was rear-ended by another vehicle that fled.
The complainant was not injured during the incident and was transported to the hospital.
The officers found a front bumper of the evading vehicle with a license plate on it in the middle of the intersection.
While officers were on scene talking with the complainant, a passing driver pulled over and said the evading driver had just hit a utility pole in the area of Bradley and Lindberg streets. The vehicle was disabled off the road, that person told officers.
Police found the vehicle and its driver — later identified as 24-year-old Quinnipiac Avenue resident Luis Montanez — off the road.
When officers made contact with Montanez, he allegedly reached into his waistband and pulled out a gun, Murgo said.
The police officers gave Montanez verbal commands to drop the gun and took him into custody when he complied without incident. Officers seized the loaded handgun, Murgo said.
Montanez was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital for evaluation and was later released back in to police custody to be processed.
The New Haven man was charged with criminal possession of a pistol, carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, evading responsibility, operating a vehicle without insurance, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, failure to maintain proper lane and following too closely.
At the time of his arrest, Montanez had two active warrants on file out of New Haven and adult probation. With those additional warrants, and the charges from East Haven, Montanez was held on a $300,000 bond.
Montanez is scheduled to appear in court on April 20.