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Police car almost towed

Dec. 14, 2007 at 3:51 PM

GRESHAM, Ore., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- An Oregon tow-truck driver who tried to haul off a marked police car parked in a fire zone ended up under arrest.

Gerald Syverson of Portland was charged with car theft, obstructing governmental administration, interfering with a peace officer and third-degree criminal mischief, The Oregonian reported. The owner of Retriever Towing said that Syverson would also be out of a job.

The incident began early Thursday when Gresham Police Officer Tom Pohlman and a colleague responded to a call about an assault at an apartment complex. When the other officer left, he discovered Pohlman's cruiser hooked up to the tow truck.

"I've been around cops and done this stuff since 1974," Pohlman said. "And this is in the top five or six things that I can say I've ever seen people do. And I've seen some pretty weird things."

After the dispute was resolved, Pohlman drove Syverson to the Multnomah County Detention Center in his liberated squad car.

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