Man arrested for throwing weapon out his car while being chased by police

BY DI STAFF | JULY 12, 2012 6:30 AM

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A Cedar Rapids man was accused of not stopping when law-enforcement officials tried to pull him over.

Tyson Hathaway, 28, was charged Tuesday with eluding, possession of a firearm, reckless use of a firearm, trafficking in stolen weapons, possession of marijuana, OWI, and driving while barred.

According to a Johnson County Sheriff's Office complaint, law-enforcement officials were called to a location because a witness stated several subjects fired numerous shots. The witness gave a description of the car that Hathaway was driving.

Officials chased Hathaway's vehicle with their emergency lights and sirens activated. Hathaway allegedly threw a loaded hand gun from the vehicle that was later recovered, the complaint said.

Hathaway was caught, and officers reportedly discovered he had a barred from driving from Sept. 12, 2010 to Sept. 11, 2013.

Officials reportedly noticed he smelled of ingested alcohol, and Hathaway provided a breath test of 0.134 blood-alcohol level. Officers also allegedly found a small plastic baggy with a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana in his wallet, the complaint said.

According to the police complaint, Hathaway is a convicted felon.

Eluding, trafficking in stolen weapons, and possession of a firearm are Class-D felonies. OWI and driving while barred are both aggravated misdemeanors. Possession of a controlled substance and reckless use of a firearm are serious misdemeanors.

— by Amy Skarnulis

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