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LAUDERHILL POLICE ARREST DISABLED MAN HAVE HIS WHEELCHAIR TOWED
LAUDERHILL POLICE ARREST DISABLED MAN HAVE HIS WHEELCHAIR TOWED-Thursday July 12, Lauderhill police arrest a disabled man, (Mitchell Pate) for trespassing & open container. Get this, they call a tow truck, and have his WHEELCHAIR impounded!
Fifty nine year old Mitchell Pate, appeared this morning in Broward County first appearance court, before judge Marina Garcia Wood.
The disabled man told the judge they had towed his wheelchair. The court, prosecutors and the public defender were not quite sure how to deal with this.
“Who towed your wheelchair?”, the judge asked. Everyone was beside themselves. It looks like they had never had to deal with this type of situation before.
The court ordered withheld adjudication on both charges. The court imposed $293.00 in court costs, but converted that to a civil lien because he is disabled and lives off of his disability check.
The judge, Marina Garcia Wood, also ordered the arresting police department, Lauderhill, to pick him up at the jail and transport him to his wheelchair.
What about the $200.00 the towing company wants to release the chair?
Are the police going to leave him there on the sidewalk telling him they followed the courts order and brought him there?
Telling him the cash is his problem? He told the judge he is unable to walk.
We called Westway Towing and spoke to the receptionist, Courtney, and explained the situation to her.
She had us call back while they contacted the owner.
She told us owner, Craig Goldstein, stated “if he shows up with court papers, we will release the wheel chair at no cost to him”.
He hasn’t been released from jail yet, but if West Way does what they stated, they should be commended.
If they do not, we will be sure to let you know.