Fatal Police Pursuit Suspect Arrested and Charged - Southern Maryland Headline News

Fatal Police Pursuit Suspect Arrested and Charged

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (Dec. 2, 2007) - A Prince George’s County man who led police on a pursuit through Calvert County Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 28, that ended when he crashed a stolen vehicle leaving one passenger dead and a second critically injured, was released from Prince George’s County Hospital early Friday morning and turned over to Maryland State Police troopers.

The three men who were wanted for the attempted felony theft of merchandise from a Wal-Mart store in Calvert County, fled when a Maryland State Trooper tried to stop them. A short time later the suspects were involved in a crash on Maryland Route 4 in Dunkirk.

Darren D. McCoy, 39, of the 5400-block of Bladensburg Road, Bladensburg, Maryland, was taken to the Prince Frederick Barrack to be interviewed and processed. He was formally charged with negligent manslaughter, theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, negligent driving and other traffic charges. Additional charges are pending a Grand Jury review.

McCoy was subsequently taken before a Calvert County District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance. He was later held on a 'no bond' status, and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Charles A. Hawkins, 43, of Riverdale, Maryland, died in the crash.

A second passenger has been identified as Juan Francisco Canales, 20, of Hyattsville, Maryland. As of Friday, he was at Prince George’s County Hospital listed in critical condition.

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