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After joyride ends in a snowbank, man charged with grand larceny

After joyride ends in a snowbank, man charged with grand larceny

An Ephratah man is facing grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing a car from a pizza delivery g

An Ephratah man is facing grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing a car from a pizza delivery guy and crashing into a snowbank Friday night.

According to information released by the Johnstown Police Department, shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, 25-year-old John Defrancis stole a blue Subaru Impreza from 2 Cady St. in the city, drove it for 20 minutes, and put it in a snowbank less than a mile away.

Officers first responded to 102 West Fourth Ave. in the city, where a witness called in the crash. At about that time, they also received a report of a stolen Impreza.

The witness said the driver fled the scene on foot. Officers followed footprints through the snow and located Defrancis a few minutes later. He was brought back to the crash site, where he confessed to stealing the car.

The Impreza was towed to an impound lot and Defrancis was arrested.

Defrancis faces charges of fourth degree grand larceny, along with four traffic violations for driving too fast in the wrong lane and without a license.

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