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Man Charged With DUI After Attempt To Flee Traffic Stop On Rt. 32

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)— An NSA officer is recovering from his injuries after Maryland State Police say a man hit him with his car after trying to gain entrance into NSA headquarters.

Rochelle Ritchie has details on the mans arrest.

The man has now been charged with DUI and other minor traffic offenses after taking Maryland State Police on a short chase.

Dramatic video was captured of the arrest of a man Maryland Police say was taken to jail after injuring an NSA officer with his car and leading police on a chase.

“We’re still trying to ascertain why he didn’t stay at the traffic stop, why he fled. Those things are still under investigation and officers are looking into it ,” said Maryland State Police Sgt. Marc Black.

The climactic events unfolded Wednesday morning just before 6 a.m. when a dark colored SUV pulled up to a security check point at NSA Headquarters. Officers instructed the vehicle to stop, the driver complied but things quickly took a dangerous turn.

Police say the suspect, identified as Darnell Hawkins, rammed a security barrier before jumping onto the Baltimore Washington Parkway where a short police pursuit followed at less than 50 mph.

“Based on the information we received, there were no weapons found in the vehicles and there is no reason to believe he was trying to do anything but flee police ,” said Sgt. Black.

Hawkins has now been charged with DUI and other traffic offenses.

Maryland State Police tells WJZ it is possible Hawkins could also face federal charges.

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