Sheriff's deputies in north central Florida rescued a known felon called "Gold Teeth" from a burning van this week after a high-speed chase and a nasty crash.

According to WESH, the Marion County, Fla., sheriff's department got a call on the morning of April 23 about an attempted home invasion robbery. The alleged culprit was a known local convicted felon who goes by the street name "Gold Teeth." Soon thereafter, Gold Teeth, aka Scott Michael Beekman, was spotted in a white Dodge conversion van in a convenience-store parking lot. Deputies attempted to pull him over as he left the lot, but he demurred. Instead, Beekman tore off northbound with deputies in hot pursuit.

After leading the cops on a merry chase through the county, Beekman finally lost control of the van on Highway 484. He hit a stop sign, then a tree, then the van flipped on to its side, slid a bit, and burst into flames. Deputies smashed out the windshield, hauled Beekman out, and slapped the cuffs on him. As he was led to a waiting squad car, he said, "I should have just stayed home." After firefighters put the fire out, MCSO deputies found a shotgun, a .32-caliber pistol, and a cut-down .22 rifle inside the van.

MCSO told WESH that Beekman was not seriously injured. He was charged with fleeing, three counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and driving with a suspended license.

I guess he really should have stayed at home.

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