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Denton Chase Suspect: “All I Wanted Was The Fuel”

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The driver of a stolen tractor trailer cab who lead law enforcement on a wild chase Tuesday admitted from jail he knew it would end eventually.

“I never thought I’d get away,” he said. “ I just wasn’t ready to go to jail right then.”

In a jailhouse interview, Beck admitted to stealing the truck from a Flying J Truck Stop.
He then dumped the trailer in Oak Cliff.

“I cared nothing about cargo. I cared nothing about anything in the truck.  All I wanted was the fuel,” he said.

Beck said he suspected the driver had just finished filling up the tank.
He planned to sell that diesel for two dollars a gallon and expected to make almost $500 dollars.

But once he pulled away, he realized he was wrong –– the truck was low on fuel.

“I should have just got out then, but I didn’t,” he said.

It’s not the first time Beck’s led police on a chase –– it’s not even the longest distance.

In Feb. 2009, Beck was convicted of stealing a truck in El Paso County, leading deputies in pursuit at speeds up to 110 miles an hour. That chase ended only after deputies shot into the truck’s radiator.

“They chased me 100 miles … I had a truck and trailer on, 46,000 pounds worth of Coors Beer,” Beck said.

He admitted he thought someone could get hurt.

“It did occur to me,” he said. “I was just hoping that it didn’t.”

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