Newington police: Hartford man tried to discard gun while fleeing crash scene

Newington police said a Hartford man was arrested after discarding a gun while fleeing a crash scene Monday at Cedar Street and Willard Avenue.

Newington police said a Hartford man was arrested after discarding a gun while fleeing a crash scene Monday at Cedar Street and Willard Avenue.

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NEWINGTON — While a Hartford man was attempting to flee the scene of a crash Monday evening, he had tried to discard a handgun with an extended magazine, police said. 

The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Xander Estremera, is the subject of two protective orders, prohibiting him from possessing a firearm or ammunition, Newington police said Tuesday. 

Dispatchers received calls reporting a crash at the intersection of Cedar Street and Willard Avenue around 7:10 p.m. Monday. Police said they later determined that Estremera was going between 80 and 90 mph on Willard Avenue when the crash occurred. At least one person was taken to the hospital due to their injuries, but none were considered life-threatening, according to police. 

At the scene, police said a bystander said one of the involved drivers, later identified as Estremera, was walking away. Police said officers called out to Estremera to return to the scene, but he ignored them, and they took him into custody in a yard on Willard Avenue. Police said they found a discarded handgun with an extended magazine nearby that belonged to Estremera. 

Estremera was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal possession of a large-capacity magazine, interfering with police, two counts of criminal possession of a firearm/ammunition, two counts of violation of a protective order, evading responsibility involving physical injury, failure to obey traffic control signal and operating a motor vehicle without a license, police said. 

Estremera was held on a $250,000 bond and was scheduled to appear Tuesday in state Superior Court in New Britain, according to police. 

Just minutes before the crash, police were called to Monte Vista Avenue for the report of gunfire. A witness told police that several cars fled the area after they heard the gunshots. There were no reported injuries from this incident.

The Newington Police Department is continuing to investigate the shots fired. 

Anyone with information about the gunfire incident can call the Newington Police Department at 860-666-8445. 

Liz Hardaway may be reached at liz.hardaway@hearst.com