A Hope man was arrested after a vehicle that was taken for a test drive from a Columbus car dealership was reported stolen.
Loren Jones, 43, was arrested Monday at a gas station in Hope after police found him fueling a sport utility vehicle that was reported stolen from the Bob Poynter dealership on National Road.
Jones went to the dealership about 5 p.m. Monday and requested to test drive the SUV, but the dealership declined his request when he could not provide a driver’s license, said Sgt. Matt Harris, a spokesman for Columbus Police Department.
Harris said a female friend of Jones came to the dealership, and employees allowed her to test drive the vehicle with the understanding that she was the only one allowed to drive it and that she would return it in a half-hour.
After two hours, employees tried to call the woman at the number she provided, but no one answered.
When she called back, she said Jones had taken the vehicle, dropped her off and was driving toward Hope.
Dealership employees reported the vehicle as stolen, and Hope Police officer Travis Harbaugh saw it at a gas station in town.
Jones was booked into Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of vehicle theft. He also was wanted on a Decatur County warrant on a theft charge.
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