2 St. Paul Drivers Following Snow Emergency Rules Still End up at Impound Lot

Updated: 12/06/2013 5:59 AM
Created: 12/05/2013 5:22 PM
By: Todd Wilson

With snow piled up on city streets, some of our major cities declared snow emergencies.

A KSTP crew found one street where cars had been towed Thursday, even though they were in the correct spots.

Axl Amezquita was trying to get his car out from the St. Paul Police Impound. "First time ever," he said.

He parked on the wrong side of the street. The cost to get his ride out from the impound lot was $275.50.

Several vehicles on Winona Street in St. Paul were towed overnight. In those cases, the two vehicle owners had followed the city's plowing rules.

"This is B.S., this is not a night plow route," Karina Schneck said.

"Our tagger, the person issuing the tickets made an honest mistake," said Dave Hunt, who works for Saint Paul's Department of Public Works.

He says, fortunately, the guy recognized his mistake.

"One was returned around 10 o'clock that night to its original spot...the other took a couple of hours," he said.

If your vehicle is towed and it's not your fault, you should contact the city. The city can cancel the ticket and return the car. If it's in the impound lot, you can call the city clerk to file a claim.

In Minneapolis, traffic control hands out the tickets plus a tow slip. That means an immediate tow for your car. But if your vehicle is towed and it's not your fault contact the city.

"We can dismiss those tickets if it's the first day. If the error doesn't come to light until later on then we can still file a dismissal with the court," said Clara Schmit-Gonzalez of the city of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

46° | 38°
  • Feels like: 40° F
  • Wind: WNW 10mph
  • Humidity: 90%
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