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Police allege man drives stolen motorcycle on Allentown sidewalk

Motorcycle was reported stolen Monday in Palmerton

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown police said they arrested a 26-year-old man Thursday evening after he was caught riding a stolen motorcycle on city sidewalks.

Joshua R. Garcia, of the first block of South 19th Street, faces reckless endangerment and theft charges in connection with a burglary in Carbon County and his alleged joyride in the 600 block of Hamilton Street. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned Garcia early Friday morning on two separate sets of charges, setting bail at a combined $15,000.

A Palmerton resident reported to Pennsylvania State Police on Monday that someone stole a red and white 2013 Honda motorcycle from his Walnut Drive home, according to court records.

On Thursday, Allentown police received a report shortly before 5:30 p.m. of someone driving a motorcycle recklessly through the city.

The rider, later identified as Garcia, drove the motorcycle onto the sidewalk in the 600 block of Hamilton Street before speeding the wrong way on Seventh Street in between several cars, according to records. Garcia then allegedly blew through a red light at Turner Street and drove west the wrong way on Turner Street before being stopped by police.

Police charged Garcia with receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle, reckless endangerment and nine traffic offenses. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for March 2.


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