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St. Paul snow emergency violator tries to drive off tow truck

ST. PAUL -- A woman hoping to stop her car from getting towed during Wednesday's snow emergency tried to drive it off a flatbed tow truck. Her car got snagged -- literally -- damaging it. A St. Paul police officer responding to the scene reported...

ST. PAUL -- A woman hoping to stop her car from getting towed during Wednesday’s snow emergency tried to drive it off a flatbed tow truck.

Her car got snagged - literally - damaging it.

A St. Paul police officer responding to the scene reported that the car was still attached to the tow when the driver jumped behind the steering wheel and tried to back off of the truck, resulting in a flat tire.

“(The tow truck driver) was in the process of towing it when she came running out of her house, said something to him quickly and got into her car,” said Sgt. Mike Ernster, a spokesman for the police department. “He basically backed away and called the police.”

The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. in the 600 block of Burr Street, near Payne Avenue. Police declined to cite her but reminded her that drivers can pay a “drop fee” of $75 to get tow trucks to release their vehicle without being towed.

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“They’re still responsible for the actual snow-emergency ticket,” Ernster said.

Less than 24 hours into the first snow emergency of the season, the city of St. Paul had issued more than 1,300 parking citations between Tuesday night and 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. At least 476 cars had been towed from streets so crews could plow them.

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