LA police chief avoids surgery after motocross mishap

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Posted: Oct 31, 2016 9:20 PM
LA police chief avoids surgery after motocross mishap

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck is calling his weekend spill on an off-road motorcycle a "terrible accident" that happened while doing something he loves.

Beck tweeted thanks for the good wishes he's gotten as word of the crash has spread.

"Thank you all for the outpouring of concern and support," Beck said on his Twitter account Sunday night, a day after the crash that left him with a broken pelvis. "A terrible accident happened while doing something that I love very much."

The 63-year-old chief had expected to have surgery Monday, but that was deemed unnecessary after he met with surgeons, the department said.

Beck will be recovering from home the next few days and intends to participate in several police events this weekend, the department said.

"I'll be actively involved in day-to-day operations as I continue to heal," Beck tweeted earlier in the day. "See you soon."

Beck is an avid motocross rider and was in the Tehachapi Mountains north of Los Angeles with friends Saturday when he fell on a rocky trail.

Police say Beck was able to ride back to his truck and went to the hospital after driving home.

The chief has been riding motocross for nearly 50 years. He competes in formal competitions as well as the recreational riding he was doing on the weekend.

It was far from his first such accident. He has broken his collarbone three times while riding, most recently in a 2012 race.

"Broken collarbones are the occasional price you pay for racing motocross," he told the Los Angeles Times at the time.