Hundreds Mourn CHP Motorcycle Officer

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Hundreds of police officers, friends and family members gathered in northern San Diego on Monday to remember a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer who was killed last week in a traffic accident.

Officer Dean Beattie died Thursday when his motorcycle ran into the back of a slow-moving recycling truck in the northbound lanes of California 163. The accident closed the highway for about five hours.

Officers from San Diego County law enforcement agencies formed a motorcade leading from Qualcomm Stadium to Rancho Bernardo. During the procession, a Chula Vista police officer suffered minor injuries when his motorcycle went down on Interstate 15.

The funeral for the 24-year veteran of the CHP was held in the 3,000-seat sanctuary of the Maranatha Chapel.

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