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  1. Police said the tow truck driver will not be charged in this shooting, but the man who attacked him will. NEW ORLEANS -- A tow-truck driver shot a man attacking him in Central City Friday night, according to NOPD. Police say the shooting occurred in the 1800 block of Felicity Street around 6:04 p.m. According to NOPD, a man attacked a tow-truck driver, who pulled out a gun and shot him in self-defense. The man's wounds are not life threatening. Police said the tow truck driver will not be charged in this shooting, but the man who attacked him will. The investigation is ongoing. RESOURCE LINK
  2. Yes, the supporter status is being set as well as number of posts. The supporter status will permit the Patron/Sponsor to list equipment and access supporter level forums. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  3. Ormond Beach man dies in crash after hitting tow truck, troopers say BALDWIN, Fla. - A 63-year-old Ormond Beach man was killed late Thursday night in an I-10 crash west of U.S. 301, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Mehdi Firouzadj was driving east on I-10 when his Ford Escape hit a tow truck stopped in the median to help another driver, troopers said. Firouzadj was ejected from the SUV and then struck by three vehicles on the highway. He died at the scene, troopers said. It's unclear if Firouzadj was wearing a seat belt, according to the FHP report. I-10 was closed for several hours and reopened about 6:10 a.m., troopers said. RESOURCE LINK
  4. 09-01-06: Riggio Towing Wrote, Has anybody ever changed the wear pads on a century 21' steel carrier bed? Looks like the slide piston piston needs to be removed and the bed slid back from the subframe to gain access to the hold down screws? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you. letsplay2 said: When I had a car carrier all I did was disconnect the back pin where the slid ram connects to the bed and slid the bed completely off and then changed the wear pads... Then we slid the bed back on and put the pin back in place... Not that hard a job just very interesting to do. Devin SRAutoRescue said: i need to change mine too. i know how to slid the bed off. i just don't know how to slid a 3,000+ lb bed back on. Dlock13 said: We use our forklift. letsplay2 said: We used our Med. Duty Tow Truck.. I am sure a forklift with the correct rating would be able to do it also. Devin Santiam01 said: Disconnect the hoseloom if you do slide the bed back past the cylinder travel. Also check the hose tray & make sure the trays are straight & no bent edges that could potentially cause a bind exist when you go to slide the bed back on.
  5. 12-27-11: Dlock13 Wrote, Recently purchased a set of B/A wheel straps. The design is something I had been considering having made, but I just recently discovered it was a production item. Instead of the the through the wheel strap, lasso strap, where you need to remove the strap from the ratchet each time. This strap has a sewn in hook about 1/3 the way down that hooks the open end of the strap once through the wheel. Another nice feature is that the end of the strap with the loop is fold over and sewn together so it will fit through much smaller holes in the rims. BAPROD said: It definitely makes for a quick load and unload--- Everyone I've spoke with about it and use these have loved them. Thanks for the post-- BlackAutoload said: Another option is always good. What happens when you go over a bump , the cars suspension compresses, and the body makes contact with the strap ? Way too close for me. The 8 point set or traditional single d-ring strap at least allow an operator to position the strap out of the way... Dlock13 said: BlackAutoload, I think it really appears a lot closer in the photo the it actually is. If I thought it would've been an issue I could have crossed the rear straps or run them to the outer tie down holes. Heavytowman12: Lower the strap next slot down would of kept it away from the body at least on this car Nice tool for the quick tool box jrtowman said: I would like to see a coudora sleeve sewn into the eye for more use. Bigtows said: Just thinking the same thing. For a little added protection against wear.
  6. 06-16-16: Polyman Wrote, New Members of the Poly-Gen™ Revolution!!! Stanley's Wrecker Service - Enid, OK Nick's Towing Service, Inc. - Rutherford, NJ Auto Route Towing, Inc. - Canada TDI Repair & Towing - Swanton, VT Don's Towing & Truck Service - Franksville, WI Roskopf's Service and Towing - Menomonee Falls, WI
  7. The UPF Poly-Gen™ wrecker body replacement bodies have many options to choose from. Roll-Up Doors Poly Slam Doors Diamond Tread Plate Door Strip Light24" - 30" Tunnel Box24” – 30” Tunnel Box Roll-up Door24” – 30” Tunnel Box Poly Slam Door24” – 30” Tunnel Box Tread plate24” – 30” Tunnel Box Strip Light36" - 48" Tunnel Box36” – 48” Tunnel Box Roll-Up Door36” – 48” Tunnel Box Poly Slam Door36” – 48” Tunnel Box Tread plate36” – 48” Tunnel Box Strip Light Marker Light Marker Light Grommet Mount Marker Light Grommet Prep Tail Lights Pair Poly Fork Holder 6 holeChain Rack Adjustable Shelves 0-20" Adjustable Shelves 20+ -30" Adjustable Shelves 0-30+-42" Fixed Shelves 0-20" Fixed Shelves 20+ -30" Fixed Shelves 0-30+-42" Additional Adjustable Shelf 0-20" Additional Adjustable Shelf 20+ -30" Additional Adjustable Shelf 0-30+-42" Slide Tray 15-24" wide for Cross Over Box Slide Tray 25-36" wide for Cross Over Box Slide Tray 36-40" wide for Cross Over Box Shelves (track only) Mounting Hardware Side Body Support Brackets Poly Rub Rails Tow Poly Out Rigger Panels Poly Rear Fork Storage Poly Battery Box Poly Hydraulic Controller Hood
  8. 04-14-16: Polyman Wrote, The Poly-Gen™ replacement bodies were a hit at the 2016 Florida Tow Show! UPF's booth was very busy at the 2016 Florida Tow Show last weekend. Many towers that stopped in are interested in replacing their rusted, corroded or damaged bodies with a UPF Poly-Gen™ PolyBody®. Our Sales Reps are very busy providing quotes this week! If your interested in a quote or to learn more about our PolyBodies® call or email me! 978-989-0264 or pcahill@unitedplastic.com
  9. 03-17-16: Polyman Wrote, Pine Tree Towing & Recovery in Ohio has just finished mounting their PG150-CT PolyBody® Unlike their original body, this one will NEVER RUST OR CORRODE!
  10. TowZone

    UPF Honored

    03-17-16: Polyman Wrote, I know we are still pretty new to the tow community, which is why I wanted to share some exciting news about what type of company we are. UPF honored as the 2015 Supplier of the Year for Smeal Fire Apparatus, Co., which includes Smeal, US Tanker and LTC. Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. is one of the top fire truck manufacturers in the USA. Of the over 700+ suppliers, we had the best total value based on; cost, quality, on-time delivery and service. Pictured left to right: Dan Rossetti, UPF Sales Representative; Paul Pieragostini, Smeal Director of Purchasing; Pat Cahill, UPF Director of Sales and Business Development; Kathy Finneral, UPF Customer Service Operations Manager; Joe Lingel, UPF President and CEO; Mark Huber, Smeal President and CEO; Andrew Lingel, UPF Vice President of Operations; Michael Ashley, UPF Vice President of Engineering; and Marty Etteldorf, UPF Plant Manager, Wisconsin.
  11. Wrecker Drivers Say People Need To Obey 'Move Over' Law TULSA, Oklahoma - There was an outpouring of support Thursday for the wrecker driver hit and killed alongside the highway in Rogers County last week. Dozens of wrecker operators from three states formed a huge convoy to Jonathan Taylor's funeral Thursday. There were more than 80 wrecker drivers present, not only to give support to JT and his family but to also make sure people understand, it's the law when you see them on the side of the road, you have to move over." Driver after driver convoyed to JT's funeral service in Bixby to show their love and support of yet another wrecker driver taken too soon. These operators are from all over the state, the Tulsa area of course, but also, Lawton, El Reno, Oklahoma City and as far away as Kansas and Missouri. They want to say their proper good-byes to Jonathan Taylor but they also want people to know his death was senseless and preventable. "If I could get out one message to the public, please stop killing us. Slow down, move over and give us room to work," said Bryan Hull, another tow truck driver. Bryan said 60 wrecker drivers are killed a year and JT was the third already this year and there was just a 4th in Pennsylvania. They say it wouldn't happen if people would just obey the move-over law in Oklahoma that says when you see vehicles on the side of the road with emergency lights on, you have to move over a lane and if you can't do that, you must slow down significantly. "These are our brothers and sisters out here and we couldn't do our jobs without them." "They are first responders and should be treated accordingly," said Lt. Tom Montgomery with OHP. They handed out yellow and black ribbons to all the operators. The black represents the pavement they work on, the yellow, for the line along the highway and some of them have a little chain on them because there is a saying to the one who's past, rest well, dear friend, we will drag your chains from here. http://www.newson6.com/story/37408986/wrecker-drivers-say-people-need-to-obey-move-over-law
  12. BIXBY, Okla. -- A tow truck driver hit by a semi truck last week was laid to rest. Jonathan Taylor's funeral was held at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Bixby Thursday. Taylor worked for Allied Towing as a heavy wrecker operator. He was struck by a semi truck Friday afternoon while loading another semi truck onto a wrecker on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Claremore. More than 80 tow truck drivers met up before his funeral to drive there together. "It's a brotherhood," Nick Ragsdale, owner of Ragsdales Towing and Recovery in Spencer, Okla. "We all are a really close knit type family, so when there is a loss like this, even though we are 100 miles up the road, it's still close to him. It affects all of us." Drivers came from all over Oklahoma and even from surrounding states. Not all of the drives knew Taylor, but they understand the danger that comes with having your office be the side of a busy road day after day. "It's scary honestly," Ragsdale said. "It really is. You never know. You spend just as much time with your head on a swivel as you do during the work you're doing." Ragsdale said their main goal is to get home safely to their families at night. Tragically, Taylor left behind a wife and three kids. "I can't imagine what would happen if I couldn't make it home to them," Ragsdale said. Oklahoma Highway Patrol said it is horrible that it takes an event like Taylor's death to make people aware of the importance of the "Move Over" law. It requires drivers to switch lanes when an emergency vehicle or tow truck is stopped with their lights on. If they cannot change lanes, they are supposed to slow down. Something simple, like obeying the "Move Over" law could save a life. "Slow down," Trooper Dwight Durant with OHP said. "Pay attention. Sit up straight and give us just a few seconds because that's all it's going to take for you to get by us." Taylor's memory is being honored by a black and yellow ribbon with a small chain on it worn on the shirts of the other drivers. "The fire department has the thin red line," Ragsdale said. "The police department has the thin blue line. We have the thin yellow line. The black is the pavement. The yellow line is the line there supposed to protect us and keep people in their lane away from us. The chain we have on there is representing JT's chains. We're now dragging them for him now that he's no longer here." Click here to help Taylor's family. https://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/more-than-80-tow-truck-drivers-honor-driver-killed
  13. Tow411 the message board is being phased out. Tow411 the Towing Information Network is the Parent to TowForce, TowTruckShopper, TowCareers and Tow.Photo along with other Towing & Recovery related sites yet to be developed. In the end this is just Tow411 2.0 and the new name reflects on the New Force in the Industry.
  14. PLACER CO, CA (KCRA/CNN) – The drivers of a tanker truck and a tow truck are dead after the vehicles collided in a head-on crash in California on Wednesday. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Bryan Farrell said the flames were so intense that firefighters and other first responders were delayed in getting to the vehicles involved. "We had multiple explosions, both from the commercial tow truck and the commercial fuel truck. We had to coordinate resources to make access from both directions due to both the impact on the roadway and the effects of the fire on responding resources," Farrell said. California Highway Patrol said the tow truck belongs to Kilroy's Towing out of Grass Valley and the tanker transporting gasoline is owned by Williams Tank lines out of Stockton. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife spoke with Williams tank lines, which said the tanker was carrying approximately 8,400 gallons of gasoline at the time of the crash. The California Highway Patrol said forest fires were not really a concern. However, the gasoline runoff from the tanker into the ditch next to the road, as well as a creek farther down the road raises environmental concerns. The Department of Fish and Wildlife was evaluating the situation. "The number one thing is we want to mitigate the environmental impacts of the fuel, so we're going to allow it to burn, however long that takes," Farrell said. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The owner Kilroy's Towing said the driver was en route to a call and had been with the company for six or seven years. Williams Tank Lines hand not responded in time for the broadcast. RESOURCE LINK
  15. Oklahoma tow truck operators will honor one their own Thursday after 43-year-old Jonathan Taylor was struck and killed last week on the job in Rogers County. Taylor's funeral is this afternoon at the New Beginnings Baptist Church in Bixby. Taylor, who lived in Broken Arrow, worked for Allied Towing of Tulsa. A convoy of tow trucks from Oklahoma City will travel up the Turner Turnpike heading to Taylor's funeral. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says it will provide an escort. Troopers say those tow trucks will meet up with even more operators in Tulsa who will then caravan to the church for Jonathan Taylor's funeral. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Taylor was helping with a disabled semi when another semi hit and killed him on Friday, January 26th, along the Will Rogers Turnpike. RESOURCE LINK
  16. That’s what a new study from Uber’s self-driving-truck team says, and a variety of trucking experts think they might be right. The outlook for trucking jobs has been grim of late. Self-driving trucks, several reports and basic logic have suggested, are going to wipe out truckers. Trucking is going to be the next great automation bloodbath. But a counter-narrative is emerging: No, skeptics in the industry, government, academia are saying, trucking jobs will not be endangered by autonomous driving, and in the brightest scenarios, as in new research by Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, there may be an increase in trucking jobs as more self-driving vehicles are introduced. “We’ve been disappointed over the last year to see a lot of stories about how self-driving trucks are going to be this huge problem for truck drivers,” says Alden Woodrow, the product lead for self-driving trucks at Uber. “That’s not at all what we think the outcome is going to be.” For one, Uber does not believe that self-driving trucks will be doing “dock to dock” runs for a very long time. They see a future in which self-driving trucks drive highway miles between what they call transfer hubs, where human drivers will take over for the last miles through complex urban and industrial terrain. For that reason, Woodrow says that he saw their version of self-driving trucks as complementing humans, not replacing them. To make their case, Uber created a model of the industry’s labor market based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Then, they created scenarios that looked at a range of self-driving-truck adoption rates and how often those autonomous trucks would be on the road in comparison to human-driven vehicles. Their numbers for autonomous-truck adoption are intentionally very aggressive, Woodrow says, corresponding to 25, 50, and 70 percent of today’s trucks being self-driven. These do not reflect an Uber prediction that between 500,000 and 1.5 million self-driving trucks will be on the road by 2028, but rather they allow the model to show the dynamics in the labor market that might result from widespread adoption. “Imagine that self-driving trucks are incredibly successful and impactful,” he says. “What would that mean?” The other set of numbers in the model—the utilization rate of the self-driving trucks—is the component that leads Uber to a different analysis of the effect that these vehicles will have on truckers. Basically, if the self-driving trucks are used far more efficiently, it would drive down the cost of freight, which would stimulate demand, leading to more business. And, if more freight is out on the roads, and humans are required to run it around local areas, then there will be a greater, not lesser, need for truck drivers. “If you believe the [automation] narrative that’s out there today, it is especially counterintuitive,” Woodrow says, “because the more self-driving trucks you have and the higher utilization they have, the more jobs it creates.” This is not the story that’s prevailed in the last couple of years. Goldman Sachs, for example, predicted trucker job losses of 25,000 per month as self-driving trucks roll out. McKinsey Global Institute put out a report with the possibility of 1.5 million jobs lost in trucking over the next 10 years. The International Transport Forum proposed that 2 million American and European truckers could be directly displaced by 2030. Truckers, in fact, have become the go-to example for people who should be worried about robots taking their jobs. The technology for highway driving is very close to deployment, and therefore, these reports have assumed, the humans in the trucks will not be necessary soon. But people within the trucking industry have always been far more skeptical about the potential for job displacement. They have argued that truckers don’t just drive on highways. These jobs, in fact, require a wide variety of skills and the ability to operate in a host of unusual physical and social environments. “There are so many things a driver does,” says Joe Rajkovacz, the director of governmental affairs and communications at the Western States Trucking Association. “I just don’t believe that you’re ever going to see, at least in the world that’s imagined right now, this fully autonomous truck without anyone in it.” For example, he pointed out that if a self-driving truck breaks down a hundred miles from nowhere, a company would have to send a tow truck out into the vast spaces of the American West, whereas an onboard driver or operator could make a variety of basic fixes and continue the trip. Uber’s Woodrow agrees that drivers do an astonishing variety of things beyond driving. In his first days on the job, after arriving at Uber from Alphabet’s X research wing, he took a ride from Stockton to a cannery with a load of tomatoes, taking notes along the way about what the drivers he encountered were doing. “The drivers are getting in and out of the truck. They are moving axles. They are checking brakes, checking air hoses. They are talking to people. Building a self-driving truck is not just about finding a way to have the truck drive in a straight line on a highway,” he says. “There is so much to be done there before you get anywhere near being able to do the things that truck drivers are doing in an industrial facility or even on surface streets.” Over time, Rajkovacz has become a believer that the technology could make truckers’ lives better, not necessarily by changing where they drive, but how. “In a perfect world, I could hop in the bunk in Salt Lake City, optimize my speed settings for fuel economy, literally set it at 55, and say, ‘I’m taking my siesta,’ wake back up, and take over in Reno,” he says. “I get that people think I’m smoking bird shit, but that’s what we are ultimately talking about with this technology.” Making truckers’ lives better seems like it should be the major focus for trucking companies. The industry regularly promotes that there is a huge shortage of truck drivers. They don’t tend to mention that’s because the jobs are so hard—physically, emotionally, and economically—that the industry is approaching 100 percent turnover per year, according to Steve Viscelli, a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream. “The labor case for self-driving trucks is really pretty good,” Viscelli says. “You got this crappy job that no one really wants to do long-term.” People can be away from their families for 200 days a year. Most young people are not willing to make that trade-off. So, right now, and in the foreseeable future as the trucking workforce continues to age, there are likely to be too few drivers, not too many. This might change in Uber’s scenarios. The deployment of transfer hubs—or what Viscelli has more evocatively called “truck ports”—would mean that most working truckers stay fairly close to home. This would mean a major shift in the geographic structure of the work. Right now, truckers can live in far-flung places where their wages go further. In a world filled with truck ports, the rising number of local trucking jobs would be more geographically concentrated around centers of production and consumption. Northern California, yes. Northern Idaho, no. Some of these long-haul truckers would find their wages dropping or lose their livelihoods as self-driving trucks drove down the cost of highway freight shipping. That said, for most people, the truck port could be an improvement on the current situation. “The truck port idea is great for a lot of reasons: Congestion, fuel economy, which brings in greens and transportation planners, even your average commuter is going to be thrilled to have 10,000 trucks out of L.A.’s 4 o’clock congestion,” says Viscelli. “The big question is what those local jobs at the truck ports are going to look like.” Right now, there is already a model of short-haul trucking in and out of (shipping) ports; it’s called drayage. And those jobs, from everything I’ve ever heard, are considered the worst in the business. “Local, for-hire driving has traditionally been lower paid and has some of the worst labor abuses,” Viscelli said. “And the quintessential example of this is port driving.” Drayage truckers are paid on a per-load basis and end up bearing the brunt of any congestion at the port or on highways. The workforce in many coastal ports is primarily made up of immigrants without a lot of other options. They scrape by in small companies or as so-called owner-operators making very little money and working 18-hour days. “What Uber is doing could end up creating good local jobs, but for that to happen, we have to have a robust enough policy framework to ensure that workers aren’t mistreated,” Viscelli said. “If you have labor that is poorly paid and treated, it’ll be used inefficiently.” Doug Bloch, the political director of the Teamsters Joint Council 7, which represents 100,000 teamsters in the West, had an even darker vision for how the truck-port model could play out. “They are going to be creating more of a vicious circle. You’ll have independent contract drivers hauling stuff between the hubs and they’re just going to be more crappy jobs,” Bloch said. “And what will end up happening is this further erosion in job quality and this erosion is going to exacerbate the problem of the truck-driver shortage and it could potentially undercut employers like UPS, who have employees who make good wages and good benefits.” In an industry where workers are already disempowered by a nasty labor model that has held down wages and kept many truckers from receiving benefits, the introduction of new technology is not going to go well for workers, no matter how well-intentioned Uber might be. Even Bloch, though, thought the general vision embedded in the Uber study of an increase in transfer hubs was likely. “There are definitely going to be jobs created by the changes in the supply chain,” Bloch said, though he hastened to add, “But I’m not sure I agree that we’re going to have a net job increase.” The impact that self-driving trucks would have on trucking jobs seemed obvious to people typing up reports on computers about the industry: Of course, self-driving trucks would mean less truckers. But what’s clear from the trucking-industry experts is that there is a lot about the job and the industry that has not been adequately captured in the studies that predict a job apocalypse. Or as the Western States Trucking Association’s Rajkovacz, who drove a truck for nearly 30 years, says, “I got more time sitting on the shitter in a truck stop than these people have spent driving trucks.” In particular, the question has been approached as a technology issue, rather than a social or political one. “This model makes sense only if you fundamentally refactor the way we do wages in trucking,” says Karen Levy, a Cornell University sociologist who studies trucking and technology. “And Uber can’t do that itself.” But Uber is a much more powerful entity than a bunch of disconnected, basically freelance truck drivers who couldn’t even collectively bargain if they wanted to, thanks to the Sherman Antitrust Act. Uber might be able to push for changes in how truckers get paid, especially for waiting time at the end points for pickups and drop-offs, which is currently unpaid in most cases. “It sucks that maybe this company is the one we have to rely on to make these broad changes, but I’m kind of putting my eggs in this basket,” Levy says. “The government can’t and won’t. The truckers don’t have the political power. It comes at a convenient time for Uber, too because they need to do some good stuff.” In the end, every expert I talked to for this story, from the teamsters to academia, believes that the broad strokes of Uber’s analysis have some merit and represent a potential positive path for autonomous trucking to play in the labor market. “I was prepared to read this proposal and say, ‘Ugh! You’re the worst!’” Levy says. “But as long as Uber makes pushes on the organizational and regulatory front as they’re making these technical pushes, there might be something here.” RESOURCE LINK
  17. LACER COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) — Two people were killed Wednesday in a crash that led to a tanker truck explosion on Highway 20 near Interstate 80 in Placer County, prompting the closure of the highway, CalFire officials confirmed. The head-on crash between the tanker truck and a tow truck happened just after 10 a.m. on Highway 20, 6 miles west of I-80, according to the California Highway Patrol. "We had multiple explosions both from the commercial tow truck and the commercial fuel truck," said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Bryan Farrell. "We had to coordinate resources to make access from both directions due to both the impact on the roadway and the affects of the fire on responding resources." The drivers in each vehicle were confirmed dead. Their identities have not been released. CHP Officer Chris Nave said the tow truck belongs to Kilroy's Towing, of Grass Valley, and the tanker is owned by Williams Tank Lines, of Stockton. Caltrans has closed Hwy. 20 between the I-80 junction and Scott's Flat Road in Nevada City due to the crash, Caltrans spokeswoman Liza Whitmore said. The gasoline from the tanker truck was eating away the asphalt on the road, which could be closed through Thursday, Nave said. RESOURCE LINK
  18. In order to recognize members who held a specific screen name on the old message board. In all fairness "Screen Names" will be based on seniority. I know all members will understand this action and should the need arise a new screen name request will be sent to the member will less time in the Tow411 community of forums. In many cases the member with more seniority may choose to select a new screen name. However many we know are member specific, just as mine is to me. This window will expired 90 days after the member has selected the screen name.
  19. DPS is cracking down on drivers who don't move over or slow down for emergency vehicles. The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Wednesday it would step up enforcement operations targeting drivers who ignore Texas' 2003 Move Over/Slow Down law. The legislation requires motorists to either vacate the lane closet to a stopped emergency vehicle or tow truck or slow down 20 mph below the speed limit. If the speed limit is below 25 mph, drivers are required to slow to 5 mph. If drivers cannot safely or legally move over, they should choose the slow-down option. The next of the increased enforcement operations will happen in Bell County on Feb. 1 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. DPS troopers will be joined by the following agencies in enforcing the law: the Bell County Sheriff's Office, the Temple Police Department, the Harker Heights Police Department and the Killeen Police Department. “In light of the numerous vehicle crashes that occur in Texas and across the nation on a daily basis, and the unfortunate fact the many still violate the state law that has been in effect for nearly 15 years, we are increasing our enforcement and education efforts related to this law,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in an email. Killeen Police recently cracked down on the same law, catching nearly 150 violators in a three-hour time span. Harker Heights resident Stephanie Bowles is a huge advocate of the Move Over/Slow Down law. Her husband, Scott Bowles, was a driver with Goode Towing and Recovery in Killeen. He was hit and killed by a passing minivan while he was picking up a broken down car on the side of the highway in 2017. "The person who hit him gets to enjoy holidays and special occasions with her children and grandchildren, but if we want to celebrate anything we have to go to the cemetery," Stephanie recently told Channel 6 News Reporter Emani Payne. Stephanie was also a tow truck driver for more than a decade, but with a young son at home, that has since changed. "He's still not over it. He fears for losing his mom just like he lost his dad," Stephanie said. Sam Carroll was close friends with Scott and his co-worker. In a recent interview, Carroll said it was hard going on without Scott, but he was hopeful more traffic enforcement would help prevent tragedies down the line. "I was the wrecker driver that had to go out there to see some of the mess it was awful," Carroll said. "It's important for everyone to slow down, move over and save a life." The case involving the driver who hit Scott Bowles was presented to the Bell County District Attorney's office in late 2017. But, the DA's office later requested more information and returned the case to the investigating officer at HHPD. "The case will again be presented to the DA after the information requested is gathered and ready and submitted," Harker Heights Police Sgt. Steve Miller told Channel 6 on Monday. Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza, through his office manager, also confirmed the case was back in the hands of HHPD. Violations of the Move Over/Slow Down law can result in driver fines of up to $200. It increases to $500 if there is property damage. And, violators who cause bodily injury can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, face possible jail time and be fined up to $2,000. Preliminary date from 2017, showed DPS issued more than 10,650 warnings and citations related to that law. RESOURCE LINK
  20. January 31 15:41 2018 Orlando Tow Group is recognized by its fellow industry players as one of the fastest growing towing companies in Orlando, Florida. Orlando, FL – Orlando Tow Group’s clientele is extremely satisfied with the service being rendered by the team. Traveller LA gave the towing service five stars for a job well done! He said, “These guys are my heroes! They changed my tire and had me back on the road so quickly. Keep up the great work!” Lindsay was also impressed with the company’s towing rates. She said, “I am just thankful for Orlando Tow Group. My friends and I got stuck in the middle of the road. When we gave them a call, they came by quickly and towed our car within minutes. I was afraid that I’d use up all my savings for their tow service but was amazed that they only charged me with a minimal rate! Thanks, Orlando Tow Group! My friends and I have been telling everyone we know about your service and your friendly staff!” Orlando Tow Group has been expanding exponentially, thanks to clients who have been taking advantage of their towing services. The company initially started serving just a few towns but now they have been providing their towing service in almost all the areas in Orlando, Florida. The company is proud to have achieved this level of service to clients that they try to exceed their expectations. The company’s goal is to become the premier tow truck company in Orlando, Florida and its surrounding areas. Orlando Tow Group (http://orlandotowgroup.com/) knows how valuable their clients’ cars are to them. This is why they only employ experienced drivers to drive their tow trucks. They want to make sure that their customers’ cars are not damaged in any way during its transport to the company’s service center or wherever it needs to be taken. They guarantee that once the vehicle is loaded in the truck that it is secured solidly and the truck should not meet any accidents on route that would damage the client’s car. Orlando Tow Group is located at 1033 Inkberry Court in Orlando, Florida. Orlando Tow Group can be reached by phone at (407) 917-2499, by email at Towtruckorlandofl@gmail.com, or from their website at http://www.orlandotowgroup.com. Orlando Tow Group guarantees that their towing service is reliable and their experienced drivers will make sure that the vehicle reaches its destination in the same state it was when they loaded it onto the truck. RESOURCE LINK
  21. 05-29-05: Trucker Jeff Wrote, Found this today thought it might be an interesting topic. TALLAHASSEE - When an industry in Florida wants to clean up its tawdry image, it asks the Legislature for something most businesses oppose: stricter government regulation. Dance studios did it. So did moving and storage firms. Now it's the towing industry's turn. Amid the clamor of consumer complaints about tow truck ripoffs, some operators see closer state supervision as a way to improve their reputations. At the same time, they hope the new burdens will drive out their fly-by-night, uninsured competitors. "They either need to compete legally and have the insurance that they're supposed to, or yes, they need to be out of business," said Mike Seamon, executive vice president of the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida, the group pushing for new regulations. The organization wants annual registration fees of $515, mandatory 16 hours of driver training, a $23 fingerprinting of all owners, and third-degree felonies for violations. The group claims 345 operators statewide. A driver convicted of a felony or motor vehicle crime could not tow vehicles for seven years, and drivers would be required to take at least two forms of payment from motorists. Cash-only transactions would be illegal. Enforcement would be assigned to 10 new employees in the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Opposition to the regulations is being led by AAA Auto Club South, which claims to represent more than 3-million motorists in Florida. AAA says the regulations are unnecessary and warns that the public will end up paying "for this needless regulation. The result? A tax on a motorist's misfortune," says AAA, which contracts with nearly 500 towing firms statewide to answer AAA members' calls for help. Also opposed: a new group of tow truck operators called the Florida Independent Towers and Recovery Association. Its lobbyist, Ed DuPuy, said that having 10 people regulate the Florida towing industry would be "a joke" to give people "a false sense of security." Within the next week, Gov. Jeb Bush must decide whether to sign the towing bill, which went through more than a dozen legislative committees and passed by overwhelming margins. Bush, a conservative who has advocated freeing private enterprise from the shackles of big government, says he hasn't made up his mind. "My instincts are that we don't have to create a regulatory system around industries, unless there's a need," Bush said. "On the other hand, if there's enough consumer complaints about tow truck companies, if there's enough bad actors, then regulation's appropriate. So I'll be looking at the bill from that perspective." The legislation was motivated in part by the changing nature of the tow truck industry. Operators who want more regulation say "gypsy" operators cruise highways like vultures, looking for accidents or breakdowns. A motorist who flags down a passing tow truck agrees to a "consent tow," and a competitor who's on the local police department's rotation list loses a customer. Pamela Leverock, who runs Leverock's Towing and Transport in St. Petersburg, wrote to Bush and urged him to sign the bill. Leverock told Bush she loses business to rivals who undercut her prices because they have little overhead: They work from home, drive old equipment and don't pay insurance or workers' compensation, she claimed. "In what way could fingerprinting, training and continuing to educate the individual entrusted with a motorist's vehicle and safety not be in the motorist's best interest?" Leverock asked Bush. If plumbers must be licensed and take continuing education courses, Leverock asked Bush, why shouldn't tow truck operators, who handle $40,000 SUVs on a daily basis at a time when their owners are stranded or vulnerable? Pinellas County Commission Chairman John Morroni also urged Bush to sign the bill. Morroni said in an e-mail to Bush that "the business owners themselves are okay with it, and that it is very important to them that their industry weed out the bad apples by being regulated." In urging a Bush veto, Thomas O'Brien of Tampa-based AAA Auto Club South told Bush the regulations would be a burden to hundreds of "mom-and-pop" companies struggling with rising gas and insurance costs, especially in rural areas. O'Brien told Bush that towing company abuses can be enforced by existing laws and that the bill was a way for the organization to profit by offering to run training courses for its members. Seamon denied that, but said his group already offers training classes to members at reduced prices, as most trade groups would. "We're not making money off the training," Seamon said. The bill in question (Senate Bill 276) was pushed by the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida, guided through both houses by its lobbyist, Bob Levy, and sponsored by one of Levy's closest political allies, Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa. "We're going after the Joe Bob, who throws a harness on the back of his pickup truck and calls himself a tower," Crist said. "We're saying, "Look, buddy. You better have the right equipment. You better have insurance. And you better not be a convicted felon.' " www.sptimes.com/2005/05/29/State/Tow_tr ... eks_.shtml Unknown Member said: Maybe instead of the PWOF worrying about cleaning up images, they should try getting the state to start enforcing "the move over law" if they really want to help. It's just another example of an organization trying to line their own pockets, and more laws that won't be enforced but will cost legitimate towers more money...... The truth is the laws are already on the books(and the PWOF does't make any money on them) but just are'nt enforced. P.S. I could show you many pictures of their so called "trained members" running down the roads in extremely unsafe ways! Jerrys Garage said: Could be good for the industry the way I see it. Also I have seen, Lucanio, Sargoa, Wilburn, and WreckMaster trained operators doing unsafe things also. One guy here in town has a C-10 Chev pickup, no bed, and angle iron bolted to the rear of it towing cars everyday, he tows to the junk yard, but the junk car still has no respect for life or linb if it was to come loose, using a come-a-long and chain for a winch line, and one chain to secure the vehicle to his truck, he does the slingshot and bump thing when he takes off and stops I am all for the Trained and Certified operator laws. Unknown Member said: Sorry Jerry nothing good can come from an owner having to shell out more money to operate....The PWOF is full of crap! also it is impossible to get insured in this state for towing without being in business for 3 yrs. The only Gypsy's are the Illegal aliens down south who don't even have green cards, licenses or anything so do you really think that they will shell out the money and become legit I DON'T THINK SO!. It will only hurt the legit company owner more and line the pockets of the PWOF and raise their membership. This is their way of a membership drive. As long as people will pay a cheaper price there will always be scabs, it's in every form of business and it will always be there. The answer is not to TAX the legitimate business owner more, but enforcement of laws already on the books. I've personally seen organization's like this literally ruin industry's with their self promoting interest's. In the long run this will drive the cost's up the prices down and the only ones to gain(for a little while) will be the PWOF. Jerrys Garage said: PWOF Officer's that lurk but do not say anything COME FORTH, tell us more about this. Twin Bulls said: Here's my thoughts on this. It has passed and on the desk of Gov.Bush.. So how are we going to deal with this??? I joined the PWOF before I owned a truck (recommended to do from this board) To see what was going on. I took the training course and got certified, I went to a few meetings, went to the tow show. I looked and listened from a view of a outsider. As I see it there is alot of abuse in this industry,No real rules and just don't give a dam attitude. If there are rules I would like to see them, Beside the rules on IP or PPI...That are a county rule.. I worked for a towing company for over a year before I started my own company. Randy its not impossible to get insurance if your new I got mine in 2 days and didn't lie...I am sure I paid a premium.But I am fully covered... Lets look at the PWOF and training its a 2 day course and I think it cost $140 if your a member... I don't think thats a lot of money.... If I recall membership is only $250 and that covers all in your company.. OH yeah I am not a huge supporter of the PWOF if thats what your thinking I have not renewed this years membership yet and I am still thinking about it. Let see who was fighting this aaa And some new group that I never herd of till I read this post,I would like to hear there story, So if anybody has info about how to contact them please get it to me.. Now aaa from all I know and read are NOT a towers best friend are they?? Why would they NOT want there drivers to be trained?? may have to pay them more than$8 hr Why would they want felons driving for them?? If your a rotation tower you already have that rule. I went to a call that was doubled dispatched from a MC that I work with and aaa I got there first after I finished aaa showed up we talked he asked how much I was getting paid I told him and he was WOW I am only getting $18 He had a new and nicer truck than mine I asked how can you do that he said I don't know boss handles it... So I am thinking the aaa only wants to pay less than $20 to respond to a call on the highway in rush hour with untrained drivers.. Sorry for the rant I do agree that 10 people to do the checks is NOT enough 100 would be a slim staff to do the entire state. Lets look at Plumbers,Builders,Electricians,Other pros, they all are state licensed and deal with it. I was a contractor for over 20 years and had to jump through more hoops that you can imagine.. I had to get 20 to 40 hrs of continuing education every year, I had to pull a permit on every job and get it inspected and passed before I could move on... Now that was a pain but I passed the cost on and the customers understood for the most part. And I made money... I really don't see how the PWOF will ruining the towing industry Please show me... In other states that are Regulated by the state is it that bad?? are there only large companies??I lived in NY for most of my life I can tell you stories about regulation and tax in all industries.. What makes a business legitimate ?? If i have a truck, a phone, a couple j hooks does that make me legitimate ?? I know there is a huge gray area but how do we make it black and white?? I have had run inns with the Gypsy's stealing my calls just driving around and stopping and hooking up. I have had words with a few but they just F*** me and drive off.. So whats one to do??? Tim Joe Driscoll said: Jerry theres not much here to say. Tim answered better than I could and not being directly involved they will probably listen more to him than me. The only thing i will say is that all my drivers go to training. I know they take short cuts every chance they get BUT when something does happen and I have to answer to lawyers or judges I know I can say i did everything I could to teach them to do things right. Ill still pay but not as much. As far as PWOF not doing anything but lining their pockets what can i say. I can tell you that because of PWOF im able to stop people from renewing thier tags on any vehicle they own until they pay the tow fees and 7 days storage. Im sure PWOF members arent the only towers in the state to benefit from OUR membership dues. We also stop other bills that would effect all towers in the state by having a paid lobbyist. Im not trying to change anyones mind im only writing cause Jerry asked. And Tim we are trying to get Broward going again but it seems to be taking more time than i figured. Joe TowZone said: Having a background in civic organizations I can tell you that YOU can make a difference. As against towing associations as I was a few years back those who don't belong can't complain. Oh you can but it'll do no good, the only way to invoke change is to find like minded individuals and organize. If you can't find but a handful of those who share your opinion then you need to take a step back and reevaluate before Stepping to the Plate. But then the majority that complain never Step to the Plate. They are content BITCHIN' BOUT IT! If this is what makes you happy I don't want to hear it..... I say that those that do not belong to their yes their state towing association are lucky that they benefit from that association. You say, well they did this to me. I ask where were you when this happened, checkin' under Da Sand? If the association was a union you would be out in the cold. Right or Wrong there is strength in numbers and while the towing industry has numbers it is not united. There are many who BANK on the industry being in a flux....... If your not part of the solution you are part of the problem. Join Your State Association, can't afford to join your state association get out of the biz your part of the problem! Oh. like civic organizations I can tell you a secret about towing associations. But you have to call me between the hours of 9pm and 6am EST. I can't tell ya in the daylight. That includes Association Board Members I'd like to hear from you as well. Unknown Member said: Tim while I whole heartily agree with you about "the evil empire" Here is my problem with all of this 1) What are the registration fee's for and who will they go to? 2) 16 hrs of training OK I'm for that.... 3) $ 23.00 fingerprint of owners(that doesn't bother me cause I'm already a ccw license holder) but why just the owners their not the one's riding in the truck with the public 9 times out of 10 4) third degree felonies? who will enforce this? members of the PWOF? what the Gustavo? sheriff's deputy's? hell they don't even have the manpower to enforce the move over law! In my opinion this is the most dangerous thing facing towers today.(hell I don't think a gypsy will ever keep me from coming home @ night and hugging my daughter?) 5) Isn't it already a felony to operate in FLA. without an occupational license? why are gypsy's stealing your work,how come no-one is enforcing this? You want to make a law to change things? how about a 3rd degree felony for anyone caught without proper securement on a towed vehicle,or even a reckless endangerment ticket.. the gypsy's couldn't survive too much of that and if every AAA tower had to take the time to do things right surely things would change.... My point is if the PWOF really cared about me or my industry they would push enforcement of local laws that are already on the books God Knows we have enough of them. One more point I have nothing against the PWOF, I personally considered joining them many times and I would be the first guy in line to support a national towers union (God that would be a dream come true) but in my own opinion until all of the towers associations(drop their personal agenda's) join hands and become one unified group under one name they will never be anything more to the professional tower than sticker on your truck and a patch on your sleeve to the large company's like the "evil empire" that are controlling this industry's prices. P.S. If anyone out there in dream world actually thinks that this bill will pass with the "evil empire" against it.....well put it this way I will eat my words and send a check to the PWOF. Jerrys Garage said: Now do not take this wrong PWOF or non PWOF. But as I understand the state is divided into districts or regeions what ever you want to call it. So why not ask how to start a LOCAL association which could also show support for the other two associations that is now in Fla. (not takeing sides here as I know men in both associations). I am pretty sure that Joe or Sam Brewer would be more than glad to help you get started with a local effort. I will say you have safe operators that are certified and you have lazy sorry towers that are certified. (By all training companies) What 90 percent of towers do not know or think about, here in Tennessee we have about 120 people working to set laws for 800 or so in the state, now my question is where is the other 600 or so that bitch every day. We have this problem in every state, Tenn, Fla, Ga does not matter 10% does the work, 90% reap the beniefits. CarStoreTowing said: PWOF works hard to help towers in Florida. I collect those wrecker liens all the time. If the Pwof had not worked for the legislation we would still be scraping those burnt cares with no chance of collecting. As for bill 276 and the AAA motor club opposition. AAA is just cheap!!!!!!!!! All they worry about is the bottom line. I did the AAA thing for one year and then told my field rep how much it was going to cost him to keep good service. He laughed and said he would give me a $1.00 raise per call.WOW talk about making the big bucks. when I quit taking their calls (while my field rep was still in my office) life became so much easier. AAA brought in a tower into my area that works from the drivers house with little or no insurance. Now guess who is calling on all my commercial accounts quoting AAA rates. I say let Gov. Bush sign the law and get everyone on the same playing field. As a note we opperate 18 trucks and paying a per truck fee is OK and I think it will work if the towers in the state of Florida that are above board complain about the gypsy towers!!!! garrett paquette www.carstoretowing.com Mark Trueblood said: Actually Randy, the information concerning the $23.00 is a misprint accoirding to the draft and copy of the bill that we looked at approx 2 weeks ago at our local PWOF meeting. The $23.00 is what will be charged per driver for a background check through your local sheriff's agency via FDLE. The $515 registration fee goes to the State of Florida agency assigned to enforcement and administration of the industry, (Dept of Agriculture). Also, I believe that in most cases, an individual gets out of an association top which they put-in. It's easy for someone to sit back and judge and remain nuetral. But very little credit goes to those who do whatever they can, most of which is on their own time (if not all), for their organization or association. So many times you hear someone say, "they should've done it this way" . . . "or that way". Yet, when ideas for a plan are solicited from membership, very few come forward, then wonder why some projects fail, or don't quite "hit-the-mark". The PWOF is trying to do its level best to place our industry in a position of recognition as professionals. At least, that is how I see it. Problem is, there are alot of people in this industry who have no idea what that word actually means and the responsibility that comes with such. It's one thing to say you're a professional, it's another to show it . . . everyday. like it, or not, the general public, like this industry, needs something like this to move to the next level of respectibility. And anyone who doesn't realize this is NOT in-touch with the overall perception of the towing industry. As indicated previously, who is AAA kidding??? They're definitely no friends of the towing industry. Just ask some tow companies in various regions around the country that have had their contracts with AAA suddenly ended as they (AAA) decided to start their own tow truck fleet. Loyalty? Best interest of the tower??? Best interest of the public??? Same question applies to the "fly-by-night" Florida Independent Towing & Recovery Association. What's their agenda??? What's their association history??? Who's interest do they really have in mind here??? Truth is, no bill or program is "perfect"...but this is a start. Then again, if the Governor decides not to sign it, then it's back to the drawing board. However, it won't be a victory by the AAA or FITRA, rather a loss for the industry in Florida and the general public we serve. Nothing good remains from a "status quo" scenario. Sometimes change is needed. And in most cases, change is good. There's still room for those that would like to jump on the band wagon now. No sense in being left behind! ALLLLLLLLL AHHBOOOOARD!!!!! Joe Driscoll said: Just to try and answer the training issue PWOF will NOT be the only training. The law tells who can be approved and how to get approval. Trucker Jeff said: I think I opened up a can of worms with this sorry.Just thought it was something to be addressed.I would hope that my state would follow with something similar here as well.I would be lead to believe that with this type of requirements it would make it a more safer environment for all involved.I only tow for the city police here at the current time and it is just like the old west.No training no standards guys running around with unsafe hook ups, equipment that would fail the easiest of road side inspections and the old my-ob attitude when approached about there unsafeness.Then you have that ever present good old boy network making it imposable for a new company with the equipment needed to put on the list.In a sad way I am starting to see why the Sen. Moran is pushing for more regulations.Always on my tows, Jeff Unknown Member said: All that is really needed is a couple of troopers a wrecker and a news channel....the sad part is most people don't even know there is a law on the books...... Unknown Member said: Here in Texas the police will sit on the side of the highway and turn their lights on. When they see people starting to move over they turn them back off. Last night I was returning home from Arkansas where I took my family camping and this happened three times. The only way to get the public to pull over for towers is for towers to also have red and blue lights. No one will ever pull over for amber lights because everyone has them and those that have them can’t enforce the law. THTDon said: I really like the idea of the "Move Over" law. But I don't see how it can ever be enforced. Unless there is a cop stopped and staring right at the violator, no one will ever be charged with violating that law. Law abiding citizens will obey that law. But it is the drunks that will ignore it and hit one of us. Here in MA, there is a lot of traffic all over the state, especially during commuting drive times. There is no place to move over to. Also, don't be misled that AAA is advocating for the poor motorist. All of these new regulations will make it harder for them to get slave labor to do their work. They are looking out for their bottom line. I personally love what the Florida Association is trying to do. We are talking about the same thing here. Legislate the gypsy right out of business. If all of the one-man show clowns running around my city had to have the proper insurance, they would all be GONE! Yahzoom said: Law or no law, does it really matter?? Right here in Tallahassee we have had those background/inspection laws for three years. The only people who follow them are the honest companies. Three years later and an Officier on the wreck site will still ask me WHY we has an ID badge and WHY we took 2 seconds to show it to them!! The problem here is the laws that are already in place don't get inforced.. So add all they want, I'll bet my laptop the cops on the street will be the last to know! EX: Pointed out to the officier that the driver of the 'other' unit was a child molester of a boy under 12.. Answer, well I don't have time to wait on another wrecker... It's a joke around here. Until the wrecker rules & regs, become a part of the law enforcment training, who is going to enforce the laws? For the record: This is for our area only, my brother is the head of the traffic Div. in Orlando and speaks very highly of PWOF. Sadly, there is no organized wrecker group around here. TowZone said: Sadly enough a large number of officers do not care who is driving the tow truck. All they care about is getting a wrecker there, not that the wrecker driver was convicted of rape on a 17 year old 2 or 3 years prior and today he is allowing someones 17 year old daughter to ride alone with him 20 miles to her parents house. Now, I'm not going to say the person is going to re offend but would you want you daughter placed in that position? Check out this post after responding here Are Regulations Really the Answer? Tiggor said: It seems to me that someone has a personal problem with either the less than $ from a law suite to the more than dollars of a LAWYER, Im very active in the PWOF for several years, Im also on the training committee and education board. It seems that u may have a personal problem with the PWOF as well OUR organization was founded by tow truck owners concerned with the way the industry was heading i cant quote the date but i know that i went to the meetings back in the seventy's. So if our pockets are so lined and rich with wealth from the POOR TOW OWNERS, WHY is it so successful, More members than ever, THE LARGEST TOW SHOW in the united states A full time lobbyist who has passed several new laws benefiting the towing industry as a whole NOT its members, AND by the way i think you should research your "move over law" and see who helped support it and push it threw legislation with out your help or KNOWLEDGE. So lets stick to the new law . No matter who helped push the law threw the book ,It seems from the tone of your post that you are very upset that you have to payout more of your HARD earned dollars to help support and enforce the law to BENEFIT yourself. Yes you the owner, It also seems from your quote that ALL associations are for themselves, I don't know about TRAA but ANY tower can come to our meeting and Participate, you just cant vote on our local matters unless u r a member. Our Training division will train ANYBODY regardless of where your from state or county. We've even trained drivers from other states as well as CANADA,Who don't need our certification in their state nor if so will there state recognize it. They tell me at the classes that they are here to learn new procedures:unless your one of those tower who "KNOWS EVERYTHING" and from they way it sounds that might fit the tow And further more Mike Seamon is a FULL time employee of the PWOF working everyday and some really long nights for the "TOWING INDUSTRY" not just us. So in closing i think what i9m trying to say is that your MOM told you if you don't have anything nice to say KEEP IT TO YOURSELF" unless you are DIRECTLY connected. Joe Driscoll said: Well I wrote a big long thing about this but eraserd it. I decided it just wasnt worth getting into other than to say the govenor vetoed the bill this afternoon. I know what im going to do with all the money im saving!
  22. WINNIPEG — A tow truck operator was forced to drive a man who threatened to shoot him once he hopped into the passenger seat on Sunday night. Police say it was just one part of the suspect’s evening, which began at around 9:20 p.m. in the 900 block of Archibald Street. Officers responded to a convenience store where the suspect appeared disoriented and assaulted two employees behind the counter. He tried to pull one of them into a bathroom, but when he couldn’t, ended up locking himself inside with a metal rod. One of the employees suffered injuries during the ordeal. The man then left the store and smashed a window of a vehicle in a nearby parking lot. He then walked to Archibald Street near Elizabeth Avenue and threw the metal rod at a passing vehicle. As he stood in the middle of the road, a southbound tow truck slowed down to try and avoid him. The suspect jumped in and told the driver to keep going or he would shoot him. Police caught up with the carjacked tow truck on Fermor Avenue near Archibald Street. The driver slammed on the brakes and fled while the truck was still moving. He suffered minor injuries and was treated in hospital. The suspect hopped into the driver’s seat and continued eastbound on Fermor Avenue while driving erratically. The truck was eventually stopped on Highway 1 just east of Lagimodiere Boulevard. Charles Raymond Holke, 40, of Winnipeg, faces numerous charges and remains in custody. RESOURCE LINK
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