Maryland State Police are still attempting to ascertain what happened when a traffic stop was initiated on a recent Wednesday at around 6 a.m. A man is accused of drunk driving after he presumably tried to gain access to the headquarters of the National Security Agency. The man is now facing state charges and could possibly find himself facing federal charges as well.
According to Maryland State Police, the man initially stopped when ordered to at the NSA gate. For a reason not yet known, he then took off, and his vehicle allegedly struck an NSA officer in the process. A chase ensued, after which the man was taken into custody.
Why the man was trying to get past the gate in the first place is one of the details authorities either do not yet know or chose not to release at this time. When the man's vehicle was searched, no weapons were found. So far, authorities believe the man was only trying to elude police.
The resolution of the state's charges against the man could impact any federal charges that could be filed against him. Maryland prosecutors will first need to prove to the court beyond a reasonable doubt that the man was driving under the influence when the incident occurred. The other charges are for minor traffic offenses.
The man is presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty in a court of law. This is true at both the state level for the circumstances surrounding the drunk driving charge, and at the federal level if charges are filed. He will also have the right to contest all of the charges, from whatever source. His criminal defense team has the right to review any evidence prosecutors intend to present in court, including a video of his arrest.
Source: CBS Baltimore, "Man Charged With DUI After Attempt To Flee Traffic Stop On Rt. 32", , July 16, 2014