High-speed truck chase spans two counties, ends in Denton

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by MONIKA DIAZ and JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 10:13 PM

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DENTON COUNTY — The Dallas County Sheriff's Office charged Garrick Deon Beck, 46, with stealing a semi and leading deputies on a 53-mile high-speed pursuit from South Oak Cliff in Dallas north into Denton County on Tuesday afternoon.

It ended just south of the University of North Texas campus in Denton about 3:30 p.m. when Beck pulled over and surrendered.

He admitted stealing the truck and told deputies he planned to sell the diesel fuel in its tanks for $2 a gallon, investigators told News 8.

The white big rig truck and trailer was originally reported stolen from the Flying J Travel Plaza at Interstate 20 and Bonnie View Road in Southeast Oak Cliff. The trailer was ditched three miles away, but the driver kept on going.

Dallas County Sheriff's Department deputies started the pursuit near I-35E and Colorado Boulevard in North Oak Cliff as the truck —  by this time operating without a trailer — sped north on Interstate 35E through downtown Dallas, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Lewisville and the Lake Cities before entering Denton.

By 3:15 p.m., the driver was in Denton, but was being slowed by traffic congestion. Several efforts were made along the way to disable the tires with "spike sticks."

The truck pulled off the freeway at the North Texas Boulevard exit in Denton after one of the front tires shredded. The other front tire was flattened. The driver came to a halt just south of the University of North Texas campus.

Deputies with guns drawn pulled the driver out of the cab and took Beck into custody after a brief struggle.

Beck, who has a lengthy criminal history, was arraigned in Denton County before being transferred to Dallas County.

No one was hurt.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com and jwhitely@wfaa.com

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