Was it police necessity or overreaction? Almost two dozen cars were towed right outside a Varnell neighborhood Tuesday night and now the car owners want to know why.
Latrelle Eubanks says a Varnell police officer told her to park anywhere she needed to when she couldn't make it up this hill Tuesday night into her London Village neighborhood. But when she went to pick up her car Wednesday afternoon, it was an empty street.
"All of a sudden, our cars get towed. We're missing work today and now we're slapped with an eighty five dollar tow bill," says Eubanks.
We took her concerns to Varnell Police Chief Lyle Grant.
"We understand that they couldn't move. We didn't make any charges for improper parking cause like I said we understand that it was happening all over the place. It wasn't their fault. They had to park there. But unfortunately we did have to clear the roadway," says Chief Grant.
He made that decision, he says, after first responders couldn't get to a woman's home who was having a heart attack.
"It's very dangerous we couldn't get to the people. If there had been another emergency, we would have to stop. If there would been a fire back in there, we would have to pull all 23 of the vehicles out before we could get a fire truck back in there," says Grant.
Eubanks says her car wasn't blocking the roadway.
"I mean they are off in the ditch and this one you can see them all the way back. This one with the light is the emergency vehicle trying to get through. My car is way down there," says Eubanks.
Grant says Eubanks and the 22 other vehicles were breaking a state law by parking their car on a narrow road because he says by parking there, it was obstructing incoming traffic.
Meanwhile, the Eubanks say they plan to be at the Varnell City Council meeting in just a few weeks to discuss the issue among city leaders. He says he's invited neighbors as well.By Alyssa Spirato