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Jeep's tow truck escape caught on camera in Chicago

Tony Marengo's camera was rolling when the Jeep pulled free from the tow truck outside a Walgreens store in the River North area.

By Ben Hooper

CHICAGO, March 31 (UPI) -- A Chicago man captured video of a white Jeep escaping from a tow truck after being rigged to the vehicle with a person still inside.

Tony Marengo said towings are a regular sight at the River North Walgreens he has lived next to for 10 years, but the incident he caught on camera recently was the first time he had seen someone getting away.

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"We are used to seeing cars get towed out of the Walgreens lot next door with lightning speed (Clark & Ontario). Usually NOT WITH A PERSON IN THE CAR, though," Marengo wrote in the video's YouTube description.

Marengo told CBS Chicago he could hear the person in the Jeep yelling, "Hey stop buddy, I'm in here. Hey come on."

However, the driver did not appear to hear the man, who then started the Jeep and managed to pull free of the tow truck and drive away from the scene.

Workers with Protective Towing, the company identified on the side of the truck, declined to comment on whether the driver knew there was someone inside the Jeep and whether the vehicle was properly secured before managing to get free.

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