SELMA – A Johnston County teenager who allegedly paid for a dirt bike with counterfeit money was arrested the following day after leading deputies on a brief chase. Malachi DeShawn O’Neal, age 18, of North Ryals Street, Benson is facing multiple charges.
It started on March 13th when a Raleigh man said he posted a Honda dirt bike for sale on Facebook Marketplace. A person responded to the ad and said they would buy the bike if they would deliver it to an address on Highway 96 about five mile north of Selma.
The victim met a person, later identified as O’Neal, who paid for the $4,800 dirt bike with counterfeit paper currency. The victim immediately realized the money was fake, however, O’Neal was already on the bike and quickly drove away.
On March 14th, patrol deputies were dispatched to a trespassing call on Highway 96 about three mile north of Selma after a property owner reported an unknown person was riding a dirt bike on their property.
Deputies arrived and spotted the suspect on the dirt bike. He fled on Highway 96 North but was captured after the bike became disabled.
During his arrest, deputies said they found a semi-automatic handgun in O’Neal’s waistband, a small amount of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia in his possession.
O’Neal was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving, driving without a license, driving without insurance, operating a vehicle with registration, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of counterfeit money.
O’Neal was taken before a magistrate and placed in the Johnston County Jail in lieu of a $32,000 bond.