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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck injured in motocross accident

September 14, 2012 | 12:04 pm

Charlie Beck motorcycle
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, a nationally ranked biker, suffered a "mild injury" in a motocross accident Thursday, police officials said.

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

"He was involved in a motocross accident Thursday, and he suffered a mild injury and he will be at work Monday," said Cmdr. Andrew Smith, who added that he did not know the medical details.

Sources familiar with the incident said Beck injured a shoulder and underwent a medical procedure to repair the damage.

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 over 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, left, takes lessons in 2010 from training officer Phillip Walters at the Davis training facility in Granada Hills. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times