Police: Man charged with DUI after BW Parkway chase

Authorities arrested the driver of an SUV who police said avoided a National Security Administration security checkpoint, injured an officer and took Maryland state troopers on a six-minute chase along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

The driver, identified by police as Darnell David Hawkins Jr., was charged with DUI and other traffic violations, said Sgt. Mark Black of the State Police.

Black said Hawkins drove onto NSA property to a security checkpoint early Wednesday morning. An earlier press release said Hawkins approached a checkpoint and NSA officers conducted a traffic stop.

According to authorities, Hawkins traveled onto the property around 5:45 a.m. when NSA officers — who, according to a news release, gave visual and verbal commands — stopped his dark-colored SUV and instructed that he pull into a staging area.

While stopped in the staging area, police said, Hawkins stepped on his SUV’s gas to avoid authorities, injuring one NSA officer and nearly striking a barricade. After he drove off NSA property, troopers spotted him near West Nursery Road and followed him along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, where he was taken into custody.

State Police closed one lane on Baltimore-Washington Parkway Wednesday morning at Route 32 in Jessup after the chase with Hawkins.

Authorities did not reveal further details about the chase or how the driver ended up on NSA property. The Baltimore-Washington Parkway lane reopened around 7:20 a.m.

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Victoria St. Martin covers breaking news and Prince William County for The Post's Local desk.
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