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Tamaqua teen facing charges

Published June 24. 2013 05:07PM

A Tamaqua man has been cited for an incident that occurred on June 13.

Police were contacted by a resident at 11 p.m. who reported that Matthew Matalavage, 19, of 223 Market St., had been harassing her and her son concerning money he claimed the son owed him.

Matalavage had left the area but said he would return in 15 minutes, so Officer Thomas Rodgers patrolled the area. A short time later, a white Dodge pick up truck stopped near the victim's home.

At this point, Matalavage exited the Dodge, giving the officer a clear view of his face, making it easy to identify him as the driver. Rodgers knew Matalavage did not have a valid driver's license and attempted to stop him from leaving in the truck. The truck was driven around the corner and went up over the curb, causing the driver to stop. Matalavage then exited through the passenger side door and fled. The keys were found on the driver's side floor and were recovered by police.

The officer arranged to have the truck towed then went to Matalvage's home where the teen initially denied driving the truck, but then admitted to taking the keys to his father's work vehicle, without permission.

He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fleeing/attempting to elude police, harassment, and driving without a valid license.

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