Meriden police: Man charged with dumping more than 200 tires at two city locations

Meriden police: Man charged with dumping more than 200 tires at two city locations

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MERIDEN — A Newington man faces charges after police said he was involved in the dumping of more than 200 tires at two locations in the city on Sunday.

Nathanial Calloway, 28, of 244 Faith Court., Newington was charged with illegal dumping, third-degree criminal trespass and criminal troving.

Police received a report of a box truck and SUV dumping tires in the former Lowe’s parking lot, 1201 E. Main St., around 4:20 p.m., said police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay. Officers responded and found about 240 discarded tires on the east side of the building.

About a half hour later, police received another call that a box truck and SUV were dumping tires in the area of 85 Tremont St. After a person confronted the suspects dumping the tires, they got in their vehicles and drove off, McKay said.

The person who confronted the suspects gave police the license plate numbers of the truck and SUV and a short time later officers saw an SUV that matched the description. Police stopped the vehicle, which Calloway was driving, McKay said. 

Calloway said he was a business owner and took responsibility for the incidents, but refused to identify the other person involved, McKay said. Officers found the box truck abandoned in the area of 57 Billard St. and impounded the vehicle.

McKay said the cleanup of the tires would be costly and involve several state agencies. Police notified the chief state attorney’s office in Rocky Hill about the incident.

 Calloway was released after posting $25,000 bond and he is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on March 19. 

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