Man faces charges for wrecking cycle

EBENSBURG – A Mineral Point man will face summary charges for wrecking a friend’s $12,000 motorcycle early Friday morning along Route 219.

But another police department said a theft claim by the bike’s owner is less clear.

Cambria Township police were called to an accident along Route 219 North near the Friend Lea Road overpass about 6:15 a.m. Friday.

Police said the driver, later identified as Charles John “C.J.” Freeman, had fled into the woods before they arrived.

The motorcycle’s owner, Devan Stevens, filed a theft report for his missing 2012 Yamaha G6 in Ebensburg.

Police said Stevens told them he had purchased the bike less than three months ago, and Freeman had admitted to wrecking it.

But Ebensburg Borough Police Chief Terry Wyland said the alleged theft isn’t a clear-cut case of unauthorized use.

Wyland said witnesses told him Stevens gave Freeman permission to use the motorcycle late Thursday night or early Friday morning, so one of them could give another friend a ride home.

Wyland said the owner apparently fell asleep, and Freeman was unable to wake him, so he took the motorcycle.

“When does that (permission) expire?” Wyland said. “It just seems really gray.”

And despite claims by Stevens on Cambria Township Police Department’s Facebook page that Freeman was drinking when he took the motorcycle, Wyland said there is no evidence alcohol was a factor in the crash.

A police investigation is ongoing.