A man sparked a police helicopter chase after losing his temper when his McDonald’s order was “messed up".
Estevan Gonzalez appeared by video link on Friday, January 8, accused of pointing a gun at an an employee of McDonald's in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
According to a police report, Gonzalez drove up to the restaurant’s drive-thru window, and complained that he had been given the wrong order.
The woman at the window took his burger back and exchanged it for another one, as he had asked.
Gonzalez, 34, drove off, but he evidently wasn’t satisfied because a short time later he joined the queue again and when he drew level with the drive-thru window he pointed a gun at the stunned employee.
McDonald’s managers say CCTV footage clearly shows Gonzalez brandishing a gun as he argues with the woman, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
She immediately called the police, reports Fox News. When officers first arrived on the scene, Gonzalez was still sitting in his car in the McDonald’s parking lot.
Within a few minutes a police helicopter was hovering overhead, at which point Gonzalez made a few circuits of the car park, then briefly entered the drive-thru queue for a fourth time before reversing out and setting off at high speed.
The Albuquerque PD helicopter tracked him until a squad car could catch up with Gonzalez and officers could place him under arrest.
Gonzalez told the arresting officers that he was “scared," and that he “was only trying to get a hamburger from McDonald’s.” He then declined to answer any further questions and requested a lawyer, police say.
He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is expected to remain in Albuquerque’s Metropolitan Detention Centre in until a District Court judge decides whether he can safely be released ahead of a trial.
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