Stranded mom files complaint against police for towed car

Dec 3, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Berkshire Eagle

It was a beautiful Sunday, the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, and Amy Trombly and her three children spent the day shopping for Christmas presents in Lee, snacking on cupcakes and enjoying the warm weather.

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I could not believe this when I read this. We pay the State Police to protect and serve. What is this jerk doing !!! I just hope this gal can do something about it. Right or wrong about what happen to her car she was handled like a criminal.The kids will remember this for the rest of their lifes. This trooper was a complete asshole. Good luck gal.
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Unfortunately, an expired registration results in a tow. But how the cop- I'm betting a rookie- handled it was total bullshit, especially with adolescents present.

But like any police force, you get a few dickheads like this punk- who go around abusing their authority and being real tough guys towards women and children- who ruin the reputation of the entire profession.
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A pulled over drunk driver gets more respect. At least he is safely driven home. What an idiot this officer is - how was he trained - I would certainly examine the training at the academy as it relates to common sense.

He deserves to loose his job - not just a suspension as he obviously does not have the intellect and good judgement to continue in this job.
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Like the little fat kid getting picked last for the game. Or someone taking his ball away. Now he can get even. I bet he donated to a politician for his job. Common sense is not so common
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The whole story is disgusting. Certainly doesn't paint a good picture of the State Police. No compassion at all for a law abiding woman with 3 young children who forgot to pay a bill. It could have been anyone of us.

OK, cars not registered are towed. But this was "overkill"....no consideration for the circumstances. The worse part was that the cop made no attempt at all to help this woman. A criminal would have been treated better!
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The state police are a f ucking joke . There just replacements for the old registry cops .
They don't know what real police work is. The only "crime" they know how to fight involves someone having a drivers license .
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Sounds like miss rich lawyer got a taste of the real world, and didn't like it.
Some cops are bad, some are cool.
So this guy was a jerk. Whatever, deal with it.
Crybaby adults make me sick.
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GHOST OF STRIKER wrote:
Sounds like miss rich lawyer got a taste of the real world, and didn't like it.
Some cops are bad, some are cool.
So this guy was a jerk. Whatever, deal with it.
Crybaby adults make me sick.
You may have a point about the lawyer, but what about the kids? If the cop makes three young people learn to hate cops because he's a jerk, no big deal, right?

I bet you act like the cop does towards women and children, don't you? You come across as a real tough guy.
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After reading the article, I wonder why the officer's name was not used. I see Pittsfield police names all the time in newspaper articles. Just wondering?
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State troopers are glorified traffic crossing guards, they generally are miles away should a real physical confrontation occur. An expired registration is the crime of the century to this spit and polished twit. I bet this dipsht writes a mean speeding ticket, but can't even spell felony arrest, let alone gun run. Waste!
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So...let me get this straight.

The trooper pulled her over for an extremely routine case of an expired registration, which automatically results in a towed vehicle. This happens 1,000 times a day, and there is nothing significant about this case. As for the towing of the vehicle, that is also standard procedure! It ensures that the state isnt liable for anything missing in the vehicle and is for the owners own protection. Again, this happens every day in the state of Massachusetts without children having nightmares. Seriously, if anyone has ever had their vehicle towed for not being registered, they are not unfamiliar with this process.

And then, to top it all off, the Trooper was nice enough to give Ms. Trombly a break on the $100 fine for having an unregistered vehicle and issued her a warning! Does that sound like a horrible trooper to you?

And I wasnt there, but from what I've been able to decipher from the way Ms. Trombly comes off in this situation, I can imagine she had a very active role in any unpleasant conversation that was made with the Trooper.

Hats off to you, Trooper of troop B, you did your job directly by the book, used discretion and compassion when saving this lady from a $100 dollar fine, yet you are still chastised by this lady from MA's elitist crowd, as well as on Topix from MA's uneducated crowd.
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As for the towing of the vehicle, that is also standard procedure! It ensures that the state isnt liable for anything missing in the vehicle and is for the owners own protection.

^ This should state "As for the searching of the vehicle..."

I'm awful at proof-reading.
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Typical eagle story. Get only one side of the story. They dont even have the troopers name. They mention her kids were freaked out a bunch of times and that she is a corporate lawyer. Who takes their 70 lb dog with them across the state shopping? I am sure the dog enjoyed being couped up all day too. Reads to me more like we have one p'd off corporate lawyer who knows how to use P.R. to her advantage and strike first.
blame the drunks

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I have had friends who have forgotten to pay their registration fees, have gotten pulled over, and have had their vehicles towed. It happens all the time. It's the LAW to have your vehicle registered. A stupid law, but still a law.

The part of the story that I am having a hard time with is the fact that the trooper suggested that this family walk down the highway to a hotel. Can we say DANGEROUS!
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My sympathies are with the mother and children. My husband was also pulled over for an expired registration- he was ONE DAY past the date- but the officer was courteous enough to let him use his smartphone to renew it right there. He was written a ticket, but avoided the tow.This officer had some common sense.
The problem is that the registry is not sending renewal notices unless you go online and request that notices be sent! It is a sneaky way to generate $ for the state from normally law abiding citizens. I suggest that everyone go out and check the little sticker on your license plate and know when that renewal is up. It may not be the same month as your inspection or insurance renewal, thus resulting in some confusion on the part of the car owner.Anyone else remember that we paid for a "lifetime" registration? What a joke.
If you're a mother of three young children and hold a high pressure job it would be very easy to overlook.
Sad to say, this woman and her friends and family will probably avoid returning to the Berkshires to shop and spend money. The shops at Wrentham or in New Hampshire will get her disposable income. Nice way to treat a visitor?
The cop was out of line, and did irreparable damage here. I wish more police used their common sense, like the one that my husband encountered.
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An expired registration is NOT a required tow. The car can be parked somewhere till the registration is taken care of. On the eagle blogs someone said the trooper had the guys car towed to his house. Well it still cost the guy money, which had to be cash in hand and it was probably in town. For a tow company to tow this lady's car to her house would have been very expensive. Actually they probably wouldnt do it anyway. This is a prime example of the state police's lack of discretion and people skills. The trooper would not have gotten in any trouble with the Registry, his supervisor or anyone else by just advising her to take care of it ASAP and letting her go. Troopers really dont know how to deal with people like a local cop does. They are trained to be machines. My college roommate was a local cop for 10 years and hated the troopers for the way they acted. Well he was able to finally become one and guess what.....he was brainwashed into thinking he walked on water too and now he is a total assclown. This Trooper in this article lacks the 3 most important ingredients to being a good cop.....compassion, discretion and common sense. Funny how his name wasn't in the article
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Unbelievable wrote:
So...let me get this straight.

The trooper pulled her over for an extremely routine case of an expired registration, which automatically results in a towed vehicle. This happens 1,000 times a day, and there is nothing significant about this case. As for the towing of the vehicle, that is also standard procedure! It ensures that the state isnt liable for anything missing in the vehicle and is for the owners own protection. Again, this happens every day in the state of Massachusetts without children having nightmares. Seriously, if anyone has ever had their vehicle towed for not being registered, they are not unfamiliar with this process.

And then, to top it all off, the Trooper was nice enough to give Ms. Trombly a break on the $100 fine for having an unregistered vehicle and issued her a warning! Does that sound like a horrible trooper to you?

And I wasnt there, but from what I've been able to decipher from the way Ms. Trombly comes off in this situation, I can imagine she had a very active role in any unpleasant conversation that was made with the Trooper.

Hats off to you, Trooper of troop B, you did your job directly by the book, used discretion and compassion when saving this lady from a $100 dollar fine, yet you are still chastised by this lady from MA's elitist crowd, as well as on Topix from MA's uneducated crowd.
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...Who takes their 70 lb dog with them across the state shopping? I am sure the dog enjoyed being couped up all day too. Reads to me more like we have one p'd off corporate lawyer who knows how to use P.R. to her advantage and strike first.
You both are right on the money, but I was surprised neither of you caught the part about her using the Trooper's cell phone... I don't mean the part about him being so mean to let her use her cell phone - I mean the part about where were her and her 15 year old's cell phones and why they couldn't call a family member for themselves???
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just so ya know wrote:
...Troopers really dont know how to deal with people like a local cop does. They are trained to be machines. My college roommate was a local cop for 10 years and hated the troopers for the way they acted. Well he was able to finally become one and guess what.....he was brainwashed into thinking he walked on water too and now he is a total assclown. This Trooper in this article lacks the 3 most important ingredients to being a good cop.....compassion, discretion and common sense...
Ass-Clown? No compassion? That Trooper must have missed the class on discretion when it comes to letting someone you pulled over use your cell phone. Who, these days, doesn't have a cell phone? What corporate lawyer doesn't have a cell phone? What 15 year old priness doesn't have her own cell phone? Stranded Mom my ass! The Eagle must have been hard-up for holdiay stories.
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What corporate lawyer doesn't have a cell phone? What 15 year old princess doesn't have her own cell phone? Stranded Mom my ass!
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Holly crap, whats the problem here, this lady was wrong, it is standard to tow a unregistered vehicle. this lawyer lady has no recourse. she seems as if she thinks because she is a lawyer she is above the law. she got whashe deserves, and the trooper followed the law. as for the kids, were they upset because of the way their mother handled the situation? She could have pushed the problem, after all she is perfect just ask her.......

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