Driver in custody, city employee's vehicle dinged in tow truck tiff

(S.F. Examiner file photo)

A determined driver who unsuccessfully attempted to stop his car from being towed when it was already hooked up to a tow truck ended ?up being arrested on vandalism charges.

A Department of Parking and Traffic employee was called to Natick Street, a narrow street just north of the Glen Park BART station, around 9 p.m. Nov. 18 on a report that the Audi was blocking traffic. The employee cited the vehicle and summoned a tow truck.

The tow truck driver hooked the all-wheel-drive Audi onto a dolly system, police said, and began to leave with the vehicle. But the Audi’s owner had different plans, police said, as he and a female companion reportedly stepped in front of the tow truck, blocking its path.

“The owner told the female to stay in front of the tow truck while he went around and got in his Audi,” police said. “The suspect then started the engine and attempted to reverse off of the tow truck.”

The truck was dragged backward several feet, police said, causing the Audi’s rear ?bumper to hit the DPT employee’s vehicle.
The Audi owner “made several attempts to drive off the dolly but was unsuccessful.”

When officers arrived at the scene, police said, they saw a group of people “standing on the sidewalk yelling at each other.”

They said they also saw the Audi hooked up to the tow truck with its rear bumper pressed against the white city vehicle.

The car owner was arrested on multiple vandalism charges.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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