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ABC 4 questions prompt tow company to return car for free

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Jessie Du Pre had her car towed even though she says she was parked legally and with a permit.
"The tow truck operator who couldn't see in the dark just needed to hook a car. They probably have some sort of quota because that's how they make their money," -Jon Du Pre
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Jessie Du Pre had her car towed even though she says she was parked legally and with a permit.

In order to get her car out of impound she was told she'd have to come up with $200.

ABC 4's Noah Bond confronted the tow company and got justice for Du Pre.

Jessie Du Pre's car was parked in this underground parking lot below the Emigration Apartments in downtown Salt Lake City.

The tow company said it took her car because her parking sticker was not clearly visible, but when Bond asked a few questions the company changed its story.

To find out what really happened to Jessie Du Pre's car Bond drove several miles to meet her at Heritage Towing. The tow company's general manager Arnold Bachman stepped outside.

"We're not filming right?" asked Bachman. "Yeah we are," responded ABC 4's Noah Bond.

Arnold says Jessie failed to make her parking pass visible. "If it's not visible or not legible we've been asked to enforce the parking laws on the property," said Bachman.

Jessie says he's wrong. She says her sticker was visible and she wants her car back free of charge. So to prove his point Arnold allowed us to follow him to the impound lot.

Jessie's parking sticker is clearly hanging from her rear view mirror. Upon making this discovery Arnold said, "Then you get the car back. Apparently one of my guys is an idiot."

Turns out the truck driver who towed Jessie's car changed his story when his boss, Arnold called. The new story is that Jessie's car was towed because she parked in a no parking zone.

Jessie denies this allegation.

"Some people watching this story would say you're a predatory tower. What do you want to say to that person?" asked Bond. "I disagree we're not predatory at all," said Bachman.

The tow truck driver failed to take pictures of Jessie's car in a no parking zone so Heritage Towing released her car free of charge.

Her father Jon Du Pre had a few things to say about this. "The tow truck operator who couldn't see in the dark and just needed to hook a car.  They probably have some sort of quota because that's how they make their money," he said.



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