Man accused of using counterfeit money to steal Tesla in High Point, jumping off bridge in Rockingham County, sheriff says

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Cortavious Rey-Ray Johnson

Cortavious Rey-Ray Johnson

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — A man is in jail after allegedly using counterfeit money to buy a Tesla, evading police and jumping off a bridge.

Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, Rockingham deputies were called to US 29 in search of a 2018 Tesla Model 3 that had been reported stolen from Guilford County.

According to deputies, Cortavious Rey-Ray Johnson, 26, of Danville VA, attempted to buy the car from a man in High Point using counterfeit money. Guilford County deputies reported the vehicle traveling north before losing track of it.

Rockingham deputies saw the vehicle near the Freeway Drive off-ramp and began to pursue it “at a very high rate of speed”. He exited the highway onto Mayfield Road in Ruffin and crashed into a guardrail.

According to deputies, Johnson got out of the car and ran away, jumping off the Mayfield off-ramp bridge onto the US 29 bypass. Johnson then surrendered. He only suffered minor injuries from the crash and jump and refused medical treatment on the scene, deputies say.

“I am very proud of my Deputies for arresting this fleeing theft suspect from High Point”, said Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page. “I learned last night that those ‘Teslas’ can travel very fast, and Mr. Johnson learned that no matter how fast you flee, you can’t outrun law enforcement’s radios.”

Johnson was charged with resisting, obstructing and delaying by Rockingham County Sheriff’s office.

He was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretense, uttering a forged instrument and possession of counterfeit currency by High Point Police. Additional charges may be forthcoming. His bond was set at $105,000.

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