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Charlie Beck on broken collarbone: 'the occasional price you pay'

Chief Charlie Beck manuevers his motorcycle around cones during lessons at the Davis training facility in Granada Hills in 2010.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says he will be back at work Monday after suffering a broken collarbone in a motocross accident and undergoing surgery Thursday.

"Broken collarbones are the occasional price you pay for racing motocross," Beck wrote in an email Friday to The Times, explaining that he been racing for 45 years and Thursday's injury was his third such break. Nonetheless, Beck said, he will be back at work Monday.

Beck is expected to make a full recovery and is currently resting at his home in the San Gabriel Valley.

Beck, 59, a motocross veteran who specializes in riding vintage motorcycles, has competed in various categories of motocross and off-road racing since the 1970s. In recent years, Beck has competed in more than  50 expert-class competitions; he was won events at police and fire competitions.

In addition to motorcycle riding, Beck and his family are avid horse riders.

Beck was named police chief in 2009. His father was a deputy chief and two of his children are LAPD officers.


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Photo: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck maneuvers his motorcycle around cones during lessons at the Davis training facility in Granada Hills in 2010. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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