When a father intercepted a text message to his 21-year-old son Monday night that he says asked if the boy wanted to buy another supply of OxyContin, the father said he had had enough.
Responding to the text message, the father said he asked the suspected drug dealer to go ahead and come to his home. The father said he only meant to confront the man at his home on a quiet little street just off of South Ham Lane.
He was willing to do whatever it took to try and help end his son's drug addiction.
"I wanted to tell him he could never speak to or sell drugs to my son ever again," he said. "Some people believe that you sit back and react to a situation. I believe that nothing gets done that way."
But when the suspect showed up at the father's house, things did not necessarily go as planned.
After a tense confrontation in front of the man's house, the suspected drug dealer, 24-year-old Andrew Thomas Beck, nearly ran over the father's daughter, who was trying to snap a photo of Beck's license plate, the father said.
Beck sped off out of the neighborhood and onto West Kettleman Lane.
And even then, the 21-year-old's father was willing to let Beck go.
But his daughter, stunned at what had just occurred, exclaimed that her father should go after Beck, catch him and get him to the police.
So the father set out after Beck, his daughter riding shotgun.
The father-daughter duo caught up with Beck shortly on West Kettleman Lane. Beck sped up, but the pair followed closely behind as the suspect led them through residential neighborhoods and even through the Target parking lot before heading west again on Kettleman Lane, the father said.
The man said he followed Beck down Highway 12, speeding up as Beck attempted to get away.
But then Beck got caught behind another vehicle, and he had to slow down.
"I think at that point he slowed down because he was trying to figure out just what he could do," the 52-year-old said. "He couldn't go anywhere."
By that point, the man's daughter had called Lodi police, and by the time the two vehicles had reached Flag City, police were on the scene.
Beck was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, said Sgt. Doug Chinn of the Lodi Police Department.
Beck's charges, which are considered a felony according to the California Penal Code, can carry up to four years in state prison.
"It was a pretty weird case," Chinn said. "We ended up stopping both, but ... let the father go."
The father said he did yell at Beck as Beck was being arrested, telling him to stay away from his family, but looking back on Monday night's events, he said he regretted some of his actions.
"I did what I thought was right in the moment, including going after (Beck)," he said. "But a day later, I think about some of my actions and I regret acting so aggresively. I am a father, but this guy is also someone else's kid."
The father was at home with his family — including his son — on Tuesday, saying he is trying to work out just how he can help tackle his son's drug problem.
He said there was no denying that his son needed to beat his addiction, and that his family has done what they could to try to help him, but that ultimately it was up to his son to stop using OxyContin and get clean.
"While I may not have been proud of everything I did Monday night, I can say I hope that by (Beck) being arrested, some other kid out there realized he was not going to get his drugs and that some parent could maybe not worry that their kid was going to be doing drugs that night," he said.
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