I have been doing battle with Portsmouth town officials trying to recoup an excessive towing charge that occur from an incident last October 2011.
The town is obviously trying to avoid paying the charge back as the town manager would not respond to a recent letter to him sent in May. My vehicle was being operated by an acquaintance when he had an issue with police. My vehicle was towed to the station where they searched and ransacked my car, shortly after they had the car towed again from the station to the tow company yard.
I was never called as I complained first to verify if the person driving had my permission to be driving and, second, to offer me the chance to recover the vehicle from the station. I never was notified that the vehicle was being searched or was asked permission to search it.
I did not know about the events till late evening when I was called by the acquaintance to tell me what happen. When I went to retrieve the car, the towing bill was $240, $120 two times.
Know what makes this most interesting is when I asked the council for the reimbursement in January, I was denied because the police chief stated the vehicle was part of an ongoing investigation.
In May, the case against the acquaintance was dropped; however, the chief continues to state this is part of a police matter.
What matter is this part. If the police department had interest in this car, why did they release it to the tow company to be returned to me the next day? I have been bullied by the chief stating my acquaintance should be responsible for paying the tow charge. I agreed and he did pay $120. Now, I am waiting for the town of Portsmouth to take responsibility, otherwise I will be taking them to small claims to settle this matter. It appears towing of vehicles is like organized crime and the car owner pays the prize.