PARKERSBURG - An Ohio man who a wrote $40,000 personal check to a car dealership is in jail, facing a felony charge of false pretense.
Parkersburg police detectives extradited Darrell Wayne Stephens back to West Virginia Thursday from the Noble County Ohio Correctional Facility. Stephens was being held there on a parole violation charge, according to a release from the Parkersburg Police Department.
Parkersburg Police Sgt. Greg Collins said a criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court by Detective D.A. Moody alleges that on or about September 5, Stephens and his girlfriend went to Astorg Motors on Seventh Street, where he agreed to purchase a 2013 Ford Explorer. Stephens wrote the business a personal check in the amount of $41,453.79, asking them to hold the vehicle until he could get the money in the account. Stephens asked for a vehicle to drive for two days until he could get the finances together to pay for the Explorer. The business gave Stephens a 2012 Ford F150 Super Cab truck to drive valued at $40,275.00. Stephens failed to return the truck and sent text messages to his girlfriend stating he was never returning the vehicle. Collins said Stephens also advised his girlfriend to tell the salesman "good luck in finding the truck."
Once Astorg's contacted the bank, they discovered there was no money in the account.
Stephens was processed at police headquarters and taken to Wood County Magistrate Court for arraignment on a felony charge of false pretense.
He is being held pending a hearing in Wood County Circuit Court.