Patrons at a restaurant in New London got much more than they ordered off the menu last night.
Police responded to the report of a disturbance at 452 Williams Street, the Mr. G’s Restaurant, around 7 p.m. Upon arrival, they learned that Jeffery Evans had allegedly assaulted a woman.
During the assault, Evans suggested and indicated he had a gun and was threatening to use it, prompting customers to hide under tables, police said.
Evans chased the woman around the restaurant, knocking over tables and breaking things, according to police. At one point, he threw a chair at the woman and struck a bystander, injuring the customer's arm.
An employee eventually got Evans outside the restaurant. Police said Evans then stole a running delivery vehicle, and a nearby officer tried to pull him over.
Evans led officers on a pursuit that continued into downtown. At one point, Evans was going the wrong way down Eugene O’Neil Drive, according to police.
Police said Evans struck an unmarked, stopped police car, then hit a large cement block near a railroad crossing at the Bank Street connector.
He was taken into custody and charged with larceny, criminal mischief, threatening, third-degree assault, violation of a protective order, possession of drug paraphernalia, engaging an officer in pursuit, evading responsibility, reckless driving and operating under the influence.