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Road Rage on Route 248 Leads to Charges, Police Say

Gregory Freed, 44, of Allentown, faces charges after allegedly damaging a pickup truck and slapping its driver in a road rage case in Nazareth.

Nazareth police have charged an Allentown man in a November road rage incident in which the man allegedly caused more than $2,300 in damage by kicking a pickup truck, then slapping the truck’s driver, breaking his glasses and causing him to fall, court records say.

Gregory Freed, 44, of 914 E. Union St., is facing charges of criminal mischief and harassment in connection with the incident on the afternoon of Nov. 28, at Route 248 and S. Broad Street.

Borough Patrolman Stephen Schleig writes in a criminal complaint that he found the pickup driver on the ground with Freed standing in front of him when the officer arrived around 3:15 p.m. He said he had been dispatched to a car crash with two men fighting.

Schleig first separated the men, both of whom refused medical treatment. Then he figured out what had happened, thanks to “independent witnesses” and video footage, court records say.

According to the complaint:

—The incident began in Lower Nazareth Township, “from a refusal from both parties” to allow the other to merge into a single lane on westbound Route 248.

—At the S. Broad Street intersection—“the point of the incident becoming road rage”—Freed got out of his 2012 Honda sport wagon, ran to the passenger side of the 2010 Chevrolet pickup and began to “violently kick” the rear passenger side, causing $2,326.59 in damage.

—The pickup driver got out and confronted Freed, who “open-handed” slapped the man in his face, causing his glasses to break and the man to fall. The glasses were valued at $183.90.

Freed was arraigned Monday morning by District Judge John Capobianco of Nazareth and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

93GEO-Metro April 16, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Road should be marked for "NO PASSING" (like they did down by the Palmer Mall on the road) after that last traffic light where merging is necessary before Hollo Road, and a Left hand turn lane made for those wishing to turn left onto Hollo Road. That is a very dangerous intersection to begin with.
SLR April 23, 2013 at 02:18 PM
It is marked "No Passing". I drive this road everyday, several times a day. There's always gotta be some moron who can't stand to be one car behind. I can't tell you how many times I've almost been hit by some idiot who gunned their engine just to get ahead of me...for what...I don't know since we both end up at the light on Broad & 248 down the road. It's dangerous because people are stupid and aggressive. And sometimes busy on their phone calls and text messages. The problem isn't the road.
samantha mathews April 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM
It is sad when innocent people are portrayed in this manor. The man pressing charges was actually the one who cut off Mr. Freed got out of his car and threw himself on top of Mr. Freed's vehicle while it was parked and lied to police that he was hit and assaulted. While WALKING toward the police officer he was yelling that his legs were broken. The police officer on the scene told Mr. Free not to worry about the incident because his accuser was crazy, at one point he even verbaly atacked the officer. There are witness that will exonerate Mr. Freed if only the judge in this case were willing to here Mr. Freeds evidence, which he is not. I'm saddened that a man sworn to uphold the law would so easily be swayed to make a biased opinion based, not on evidence, but at the will of his friend who is trying to "railroad" Mr. Freed for personal reasons. If Mr. Freed is found guilty in this case it will be a gross injustice for he is the real victim here.

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