Skip to main content

97-year-old Dilworth man 'lucky' after jump from stolen truck

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Forum News Service reports a 97-year-old man was sitting in the passenger seat Sunday waiting for his son when a truck thief jumped in the driver's side and sped out of the Dilworth Wal-Mart parking lot.

“He tried to pull me out, and I fought him as best I could,” said Johnie Beckerleg, who normally needs a walker to get around.

The driver swerved, lost control then regained it. Beckerleg told police he figured the driver was drunk or "on something" and about to speed up.

"I kicked the door open and jumped,” Beckerleg said. “How I could do it, I have no idea.”

Now Joshua Stanley Fox, 32, of Moorhead, is in Clay County jail on charges of theft of a motor vehicle and criminal vehicular operation, both felonies. He also faces gross misdemeanor counts for driving while intoxicated.

Police said he had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit.

They said Fox told them he had been drinking beer while watching football, but had to go to Wal-Mart to buy more beer.

The Associated Press reports Beckerleg is now recovering at home after going to the hospital for a dislocated shoulder.

Next Up

Chet Holmgren

Thunder selects Chet Holmgren 2nd overall in NBA Draft

The Minneapolis native becomes the highest-drafted Minnesotan in NBA history.

Screen Shot 2022-06-23 at 2.21.45 PM

One airlifted after crash on rural Scott County highway

The State Patrol shut down Highway 282 in both directions Thursday afternoon.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Police investigating after two men found dead in Maple Grove

Few details are known about the investigation.

12-web-or-mls-12 Dining room

Gallery: Charming, Northeast Minneapolis Home is perfect for first-time homebuyers

Located in the Holland neighborhood, it's near the Eastside Co-op, tons of amazing restaurants, breweries, and a distillery

US-169 BUS, Shakopee, Minnesota - June 2019 (1)

Eden Prairie 19-year-old killed in crash near Valleyfair is ID'd

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash, involving a 26-year-old driver from Hopkins.

Screen Shot 2022-06-23 at 12.35.25 PM

Man pleads guilty for threatening to kill Hennepin County employees

Peter Robert Berry has a criminal history dating back to the 1970s, according to court records.

Screen Shot 2020-01-02 at 7.54.07 AM

Fourth person sentenced for murder of Minneapolis realtor

Lyndon Wiggins is the fourth person that has been sentenced in the kidnapping and killing of Monique Baugh.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, June 23

The number of Minnesotans up to date on their vaccine has dropped, largely due to kids 6 months to 4 years now eligible in the data.

Fire

Man severely burned in house fire near Duluth

The burn victim was airlifted to Minneapolis for advanced care.

ambulance

Woman, 29, dies in two-vehicle crash south of Mora

The crash occurred in Brunswick Township just after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Related