Norwalk towing company at odds with police

<p>A towing company is accusing Norwalk police of going too far by forcibly removing a car it towed over the weekend.</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 28, 2017, 1:04 AM

Updated 2,363 days ago

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A towing company is accusing Norwalk police of going too far by forcibly removing a car it towed over the weekend.
Phone videos show police using bolt cutters to open a gate at Fedor Auto Body in South Norwalk Saturday night to retrieve the towed car for its owner.
In the video, police accuse Fedor of price gouging -- charging the car's owners an extra $150. That's on top of the $88 base fee. The company says the car owner paid none of it.
State DMV regulations allow for extra frees in specific circumstances, which the tow company says it met.
DMV spokesman Bill Seymour says local police have the same authority as the DMV for enforcing statutes and regulations regarding towing.
"We do not decide whether an action by the police is lawful," he says.
Norwalk's police chief is personally investigating the incident. The company expects to meet the chief Wednesday morning.
The shop owner did not want to speak on camera without his lawyer. 
One question in the case involves the timeline. The shop says it towed the car Friday night after Stop and Shop closed, but the bill says it was Saturday night -- while the store was still open.


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