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Staunton Virginia Man Behind Bars Following High-Speed Police Chase

June 6, 2012 by The Parrish Law Firm

Albemarle County, VA – June 4 – A Staunton, Virginia man was arrested Saturday night after leading police on a high-speed chase.

According to, the incident occurred when police spotted Richard Merle Hawkins, 51, speeding down Interstate 64 at 120 miles per hour.

When police attempted to pursue him, Hawkins sped off in his Chevy Corvette and eventually crashed at the Virginia Department of Transportation Memorial.

He then ditched the wrecked car at a rest stop and hitched a ride to Waynesboro, where police arrested him two hours later.

Hawkins was transported to the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail and now faces charges for reckless driving, felony attempting to elude police, possession of a gun, and drug paraphernalia.

While no one was seriously hurt in this police chase, there are many similar incidents that result in the injuries of innocent bystanders. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that resulted from another driver’s recklessness, please contact Parrish Law Firm, PLLC today. Call 703-906-4229 to speak with a professional.

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