Driver charged in October road rage attack outside Lakeville Walmart

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Dec. 31—A Montana man has been charged with assaulting another driver outside the Lakeville Walmart in October for cutting him off on Interstate 35.

Soon after Lakeville Police released surveillance footage from the Oct. 27 incident, a tipster recognized the attacker as 60-year-old David Gene Beckett of Corvallis, Montana.

Tracking information from Beckett's cell phone placed him at the Lakeville Walmart at the time of the attack, according to a criminal complaint filed Dec. 21 in Dakota County District Court, which charged him with felony third-degree assault resulting in substantial bodily harm.

Police learned Beckett had canceled a Lakeville hotel reservation for Oct. 28 and drove through Iowa to Kentucky, staying at hotels along the way.

He was arrested last week in Kentucky, posted $150,000 bond and is due in court in February.

The victim told police he was driving with his mother-in-law when he noticed a Jeep Grand Cherokee following close behind as he exited I-35. They parked their cars at Walmart and argued as Beckett accused the other driver of cutting him off on the interstate.

As the mother-in-law sought help inside the store, the two men walked around to the rear of the Walmart. When the victim asked where they were going, Beckett said "to a place without cameras," according to the complaint.

Beckett then punched the man in the chest, twisted and broke his leg, and punched the top of his head as he fell, the complaint states.

Beckett ran away, and the victim called his wife and 911.

The victim required surgery and a permanent metal rod for his broken femur, the complaint states.

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