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Motorcycle owner accused of falsifying report in fatal crash

Published June 30. 2010 05:00PM

A Lehighton area man allegedly lied to police officers regarding his motorcycle that was involved in a fatal accident.

Dale N. Schleicher III of Schleicher Lane, Lehighton, was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe after being charged with making a false report.

The charge evolves from a one-vehicle accident on June 8, which claimed the life of Tanya Wentz, 39, of Lehighton.

Wentz was on a motorcycle owned by Schleicher.

The accident happened at about 11 p.m. at the intersection of Sixth and Mahoning streets in Lehighton. Police said the motorcycle struck a pole.

Cpl. Neal A. Ebbert, the investigating officer, alleges that Schleicher initially told police that Wentz stole his motorcycle while he was in his cousin's second floor apartment.

The affidavit says that in a second interview, "he admitted that he gave (Wentz) permission to drive the bike but was sorry he had."

He told police, "he lied because he was on state parole and did not want to get into trouble," the affidavit reads.

Schleicher was at the scene of the fatal accident while Wentz was receiving medical treatment by ambulance personnel, according to the affidavit.

Police said the investigation of the accident is continuing.

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