Washington Tow Company Being Sued over Sale of Serviceman’s Car

September 14, 2018

A Washington Tacoma towing company is being accused of illegally selling an impounded car belonging to a serviceman deployed on the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier.

The News Tribune reported the state Attorney General’s Office claims in a lawsuit filed this week that Burns Towing never checked if the owner of the car was in the military, a check required by state and federal laws.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Vaughn had parked his Chevrolet Malibu at a Tacoma apartment complex in March before being deployed.

The state is seeking fines and penalties for violations and a permanent injunction to force the company to perform checks. The state is also seeking compensation for Vaughn from the car sale.

Burns Towing did not immediately return the newspaper’s call seeking comment.

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  • September 18, 2018 at 2:12 pm
    Jestr says:
    There are many nefarious tow companies that will randomly tow cars saying they were illegally parked. A friend of mine took a cell photo of us next to his new car that was cl... read more
  • September 15, 2018 at 11:36 pm
    Cole Robert N says:
    Then News ounce again got it wrong Its My understanding The Tacoma Police dept requested did the impound and requested the tow company to come and tow the vehicle. Tow company... read more
  • September 14, 2018 at 1:38 pm
    Jack King says:
    The towing company was most likely called by the apartment super. Both the towing company and the apartment owner should make this right by chipping in and buying the service... read more

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