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Getting Arrested for Stealing Your Own Car

Posted on:1/27/2011
Life can be full of surprises. Some are fun, some aren't. A man in New York was surprised a few times, none of them in a good way. It all started when he loaned his SUV to his adult son.



Life can be full of surprises.  Some are fun, some aren't.  A man in New York was surprised a few times, none of them in a good way.  It all started when he loaned his SUV to his adult son. 


That night, the son was in an accident and fled the scene, but the SUV was identified and a warrant for Leaving the Scene of an Accident was issued.  The son was caught later that night and the SUV impounded as part of the investigation.  Not long after, the father went to the NYPD impound to get his SUV back.


Except it wasn't there.


Police were dumbfounded as the truck was not in the impound even though their records said that it was.  So the police listed it as “stolen” - without informing the SUV's owner.


Four months later, walking down the street from the subway, the father sees his truck parked just a little ways away from the police station house.  Using his own keys, he gets in the truck and drives it home.  Cops then showed up at his home later that day and arrested him for stealing the car.  He is booked into jail and the SUV is impounded (again).


The man is now suing for False Imprisonment and the humiliation he felt at being arrested in front of his daughters despite having full proof of ownership to show the police officers when asked.  The charges against the man have since been dropped, but the entire incident shows several things wrong with the NYPD and the justice system in New York.


First, it was later learned that the SUV was taken from the impound by a police officer who was using it for personal use – illegally.  Next, the man has full ownership papers and proof and the license plates and tags are all registered in his name with the county.  Finally, the police making the arrest ignored his showing them proof of all of this and arrested him anyway, endangering the man's public reputation and job. 


This wasn't just one screwup, it was a series of them.  Sadly, it happens with regularity all over the country.
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