In Rifle, Former Bronco turns self in |

In Rifle, Former Bronco turns self in

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs Correspondent
Special to the DailyVance Johnson

RIFLE Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Vance Johnson turned himself inTuesday afternoon for missing a court date in a 2001 case involving allegations he wrote two bad checks, police said.He came in with a bondsman and presented himself because he knew there was a warrant out for his arrest, said Rifle Police Chief Daryl Meisner. It was pretty much a non-event.Johnson arrived at the Rifle Police Department around 4:30 p.m. He was subsequently booked into the Garfield County Jail and posted a $7,500 bondalmost immediately around 5:30 p.m., according to Garfield County community relations deputy Tanny McGinnis.The failure to appear warrant was issued when Johnson allegedly missed a court date in Larimer County Feb. 8. Fort Collins Police Department spokesperson Rita Davis said an officer issued a summons to Johnson in 2001 for writing two bad checks from a business account for Johnsons V-11 Transportation company.He was having bank problems and wire problems, Davis said. He knew therewas apparently not money in the account at the time the checks were written.Davis said a police report contained no further information about the V-11Transportation business.Johnson also apparently had trouble making payments on a 2006 Land Rover, which he gave back to the Land Rover Capital Group. The group filed a complaint in 9th Judicial District Court on Jan. 24 alleging Johnson refused to make monthly installment payments and had hidden the vehicle at his home on Westbank Road near Glenwood Springs. The complaint demanded Johnson turn over the Land Rover or pay the remaining balance. The vehicle is worth about $76,000, the complaint says.According to the Garfield County Combined Courts office, a court hearing in Glenwood Springs scheduled for Friday was canceled and the case closed after the Land Rover Capital Group said Johnson surrendered the vehicle on Feb. 8. When contacted previously about the Land Rover payments, Johnson said he hadno comment other than to say that his recently deceased sons funeral costhim a lot of money. He didnt immediately return a message left on his cell phone Wednesday afternoon.Johnsons son, Vaughn Edward Johnson, 19, died in the Denver area inSeptember when a sport-utility vehicle turned into the path of his motorcycle, authorities said.Johnson was a star for the Broncos along with fellow receivers Mark Jackson and Ricky Nattiel, who collectively were known as the Three Amigos. Johnson played for the Broncos from 1985 to 1993 and again in 1995. He had 415 catches for the Broncos, the fifth-most in team history.Last year, Johnson entered into the restaurant business when he bought Jim and Bonnies Outlaw Restaurant in Parachute on Dec. 29, 2006, paying $600,000 for the real estate, according to the Garfield County Assessors Office. He opened VJs Outlaw Ribbs on Jan. 4, 2007, with the idea of focusing more on lunch and dinner rather than breakfast. The restaurant remains open for business.Contact Pete Fowler:

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