Man in custody after police chase on BW Parkway

FORT MEADE, Md. (WUSA9) -- One man is in custody after a high speed chase on the Baltimore Washington Parkway Wednesday morning.

Maryland State Police say they were asked to assist NSA police with a chase on southbound BW Parkway around 5:45 a.m. MSP troopers joined the pursuit at Nursery Road, which ended approximately six minutes later just before Route 32.

The chase began on NSA property, when officers from the agency attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a dark colored SUV approaching a checkpoint on Route 32, according to Maryland State Police.

The driver, identified as Darnell David Hawkins, Jr., was initially compliant and was instructed to pull into a staging area, according to police. While stopped in the staging area, Hawkins accelerated and attempted to avoid the traffic stop.

During the initial pursuit on NSA property, Hawkins' vehicle injured one NSA officer and nearly struck a vehicle.

After exiting NSA property, Hawkins began traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Baltimore Washington Parkway, according to police. His vehicle was first spotted by Maryland State Police troopers in the area of West Nursery Road.

The pursuit continued on Baltimore Washington Parkway, where Hawkins was taken into custody by State Troopers at Route 32. No Troopers were injured in the pursuit.

The reason for the chase is unclear at this time. One southbound lane is getting by on the BW Parkway.


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