By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — Police say the man who stole a Bridge Street woman’s brand-new Harley Davidson yesterday afternoon apparently crashed the bike on Boston Street before she could report it stolen.
Lt. Mary Butler said the unidentified suspect was traveling east on Boston Street at about 2:30 p.m. when he lost control of the stolen bike, a 2013 Harley Davidson FLHX. He dumped the bike and it slid across the center lane and into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer truck, which jammed on its brakes and came to a stop.
The suspect got up, took the registration from the motorcycle and then fled on foot toward Aborn Street and Peabody, according to the incident log. He was described as a 50-year-old white man who was wearing a black leather jacket at the time of the accident.
Police were still looking for him last night.
The bike wasn’t reported stolen until about an hour after the accident. There was no indication of tampering to the ignition, according to the log, and the owner said she might have left the keys to it in a saddlebag.
The motorcycle sustained extensive rear-end damage and was towed after the accident; the truck sustained front-end damage.
No injuries were reported.