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Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, February 4, 2011; 10:29 PM

Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been charged with simple assault for an alleged road rage incident with a driver on the Fairfax County Parkway in Reston, Fairfax police said Friday.

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Haynesworth, 29, has not been arrested but is planning to accept his summons on the misdemeanor charge next week, Officer Shelley Broderick said.

Haynesworth did not return text and phone messages. But Haynesworth's agent said that there was no assault and that the allegations were "ridiculous."

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder declined to comment about the allegations. He said that he was "disappointed" in the team's investment in Haynesworth so far but that the lineman could still have a future in Washington. "It may still work out," he said. "You never know."

About 9 a.m. Wednesday, a 38-year-old man driving a 1994 Honda Civic and another driver - allegedly Haynesworth - were southbound on the parkway when the Civic driver believed that a pickup was tailgating and made a "non-verbal hand gesture" toward its driver, Broderick said.

The two vehicles came to a stoplight at the intersection with New Dominion Parkway, near the entrance to Reston Hospital Center. Broderick said the driver of the pickup emerged from his vehicle, had a brief exchange of words and hit the driver of the Civic.

ESPN.com identified the Civic's driver as Joel Velazques, 38, of Leesburg.

Velazques told ESPN that after their vehicles jockeyed for road space, a person he recognized as Haynesworth got out of a Ford truck with Tennessee license plates. Velazques said Haynesworth came to his driver's-side window. After Velazques rolled down his window, Haynesworth said to him twice, "You're not so tough now" and punched him in the side of his nose, ESPN reported.

Velazques said he followed Haynesworth but lost him. He told ESPN that he called 911 and gave a statement to a Fairfax officer.

Velazques said he was treated at a hospital for bruises.

The Washington Post could not locate a Joel Velazques in Leesburg.

Fairfax Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Ian M. Rodway said an officer assigned to the incident compiled a photo lineup and showed it to the Civic's driver, who identified Haynesworth as his assailant.

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