Friday, December 14, 2007

Truck Driver Angered Over Ticket Tries to Tow Police Cruiser


PORTLAND, Ore. — A tow truck driver, upset over a recent ticket, tried to tow a Gresham police cruiser Thursday. Police said Steven Syverson, 32, was arrested after he hooked his truck to the marked police vehicle while the officer was responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The police press release said the arrest unfolded this way:

A fellow officer noticed Syverson and ordered him to release the cruiser. After some hesitation, he did.

When the other officer returned to his cruiser, Syverson got back in his tow truck, locked the doors and refused to cooperate.

Then Syverson called the police station, "apparently unsatisfied with the police response he had generated when he tried to tow a marked police vehicle."

The manager of the tow company was summoned and finally coaxed Syverson into surrendering.

Syverson was charged with unlawful use of a vehicle, obstructing governmental administration, interfering with a peace officer and criminal mischief.

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