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Todd Dills

Learning by example

| September 29, 2008

How Not to Respond to Towing Companies, and Police

1. A Portland, Ore., tow-truck driver got the angry towee of a lifetime in a local woman who — after a crowd surrounded the driver’s truck one recent eventful night at a Portland apartment complex as he attempted to make away with the woman’s vehicle — responded to the driver’s offer to release the vehicle for the $150 towing charge by setting the truck ablaze. She was held on $225,000 bond, according to the Portland Oregonian’s website.

2. In West Virginia, a DUI case turned into battery of a police officer when the driver of a Mazda 626, Jose Cruz, while awaiting processing, seated four feet from a patrolman on duty back at the station, reads the complaint, “>scooted the four feet to Ptlm Parsons … and lifted his leg and passed gas loudly on Ptlm Parsons.” Adding insult to injury, Cruz then “fanned the air with his hand in front of his rear onto Patrolman Parons [emsic].”> As could be expected, the gas so passed, well, “was very odorous,” according to the report, and an insult to the patrolman’s person. WSAZ TV’s website reported later that the battery charge was dropped, but DUI and obstruction of justice charges held. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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