Woodlawn man accused of fleeing police is charged

September 21, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A Woodlawn man accused of trying to run from police -- setting off a chase Sunday night that left the man and an officer injured -- was charged with multiple offenses yesterday, police said.

Clarence Hawkins Jr., 30, of the 7000 block of Brompton Road was charged yesterday with armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, false statement and resisting arrest. He is being held in the North Point precinct. Bail was denied yesterday, police said.

Hawkins and a friend, who was not charged, were in a vehicle in the McDonald's parking lot of the 7500 block of Belair Road about 8 p.m. Sunday, said police. A McDonald's employee called police to report a suspicious vehicle in the lot. The restaurant had been robbed recently.

Officer Michael R. Streett arrived at McDonald's and checked Hawkins' identification. Records showed an outstanding violation-of-parole warrant for Hawkins, who was convicted of second-degree attempted murder in 1991, said police spokesman Bill Toohey.

Hawkins is accused of breaking free and fleeing when Streett tried to handcuff him. Streett chased him across Belair Road but was hit by a pickup truck. Hawkins ran down Henry Avenue and is accused of stopping to take a bicycle from a boy, who said he saw a gun on Hawkins, police said. No gun was found.

Several other officers chased Hawkins, who police said jumped off the bike and kept running. When a patrol car pulled across his path, Hawkins ran into it with such force that he broke the side-view mirror and dented the door, police said.

Streett and Hawkins were treated and released from area hospitals.

Pub Date: 9/21/99

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