Running from police will run you right into a jail cell. Just ask Troy Beacham, who is currently sitting in the Virginia Beach Jail without bond.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Police say things started after Beacham almost hit a car at the toll plaza on the north end of the bridge-tunnel.
Police say they went to talk to Beacham at the plaza when, in the middle of the conversation, he hit the gas pedal, racing away and igniting a high speed chase.
According to officials, the chase reached speeds as high as 90 miles per hour.
At the end of the bridge-tunnel, Virginia Beach Police were ready and waiting to stop Beacham with spiked strips.
What many will find concerning about this chase is that Beacham’s passenger was his 13-month-old daughter, who was in a car seat in the front seat. Police say she wasn’t strapped in.
Charges against Beacham include child abuse, drunk driving, refusal to take a breathalyzer and eluding police. In court on Friday he told the judge, “I’m going to lose my job and everything. I messed up for real this time.”
But records show Beacham has “messed up” before.
According to court paperwork, more than two decades ago he received a conviction for involuntary manslaughter for killing two people in a DWI accident.
In 2011, Beacham pleaded guilty to a felony “flee to elude arrest” in Beaufort County, North Carolina. In exchange for the plea deal, the state dropped a list of other charges, including DWI, reckless driving, driving without a license, no insurance, fictitious tags, and open container in the passenger area and resisting a police officer, among other things.
After contacting the Beaufort District Court, 10 On Your Side learned Beacham had a 2017 DWI charge dismissed because the officer wasn’t able to be in court. They also said his license was revoked and he has an upcoming May 21 court date in North Carolina for driving without a license.