Man charged with stealing vehicle from Columbus dealership during test drive

Charles Brantley McGinnis

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police say the suspect took a vehicle on a test drive with a salesperson before showing a gun and stealing the car.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, Charles Brantley McGinnis asked to test drive a used Honda from Germain Nissan on Morse Road. The salesperson photocopied McGinnis’ id before the test drive.

During the drive, police say McGinnis told the salesperson that a relative of his was in a terror organization, and displayed a handgun holster attached to his hip.

The salesperson tried to end the test drive, and a struggle ensued. The salesperson was able to jump out of the car before calling 911.

Two days later, McGinnis was involved in a pursuit in Fairfield County where he rammed a sheriff’s office cruiser, according to police.

Police say he also attempted to kick out the windows of a cruiser while in the back seat.

McGinnis is facing robbery charges, and had an arrest warrant out of Cuyahoga County. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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