Police: Man steals car, hits owner, takes her to hospital

A Tyrone woman suffered a broken ankle after she was knocked into a creek after attempting to take back her stolen car, according to state police.

State police arrested Joseph A. Friedenberger Jr., 32, of 811 Hoovers Lane, Tyrone, after Friedenberger drove the woman to Tyrone Hospital about 5 p.m. Sunday, police said.

According to police, Friedenberger and the woman were at her home on Teaberry Street about 4 p.m. when Friedenberger wanted to use her car. She refused, but Friedenberger took the car anyway, and when she tried to stop him, he kicked her and drove away, police said.

The woman then walked to Friedenberger’s home on Hoovers Lane to reclaim her 2003 Toyota Corolla. When she arrived, Friedenberger was sitting in the driver’s seat, parked on a culvert, police noted.

When the woman tried to jump in the car’s back seat, Friedenberger allegedly threw the car in reverse and knocked her into a creek bed several feet below, according to police.

Police said Friedenberger pulled the woman from the creek and drove her to the hospital, where he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault along with misdemeanor simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and unauthorized use of an automobile. Friedenberger also faces summary counts of harassment and failing to update his address on his driver’s license, records show.

Friedenberger was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson and released on an unsecured $15,000 bond. A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller in Tyrone is slated for June 25.