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Tow truck driver argues ordinance in court

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Robbie Tucker challenges a tow truck ordinance in Glynn County court. Robbie Tucker challenges a tow truck ordinance in Glynn County court.

A Brunswick tow truck driver believes the Glynn County police chief and some of his officers have over-stepped their bounds. He said they've turned a civil case into a criminal case against him, and it's threatening his livelihood.

Robbie Tucker represented himself in Superior Court of Glynn County on Thursday morning, facing a judge, Chief Matt Doering and three other officers, all of whom were involved in the case.

Now, tow truck drivers and law enforcement for most counties in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry have some sort of agreement. When a car needs towing, they'll call for wrecker services.  Tucker towed a car one night and when the owner complained about the cost, the police took the car and arrested and suspended Tucker from towing.

Tucker is in disbelief. "I can't tow for the county; they won't even call me. If you wreck your car, they won't call me," he said.

Glynn County police took the car he towed off his uncle's property because they say Tucker charged too much. The Glynn County ordinance states: no more than 100 for towing and no more than $10 a day for storage. 

Tucker said that after 20 years of towing with his family for the city and county, he knows that ordinance back and forth, and he said he did not overcharge.

Under the same ordinance, Doering has the right to remove or suspend a wrecker service for violations of code. Tucker has been suspended for six months now, and he's fighting for his family.

Tucker says, "I've got no choice, as you get older in life, you learn to pick your battles, and this is one I have to finish."  He said all he wants to do is work. "The only thing I get out of this, is a trip to court and a lawyer bill," he said.

So the argument remains: Was it a civil case where no law enforcement should have gotten involved at all, meaning they should not have taken the car from the impound? Or did Tucker violate the ordinance by charging too much for the tow?

That decision will be left to the judge. For now, Tucker has been ordered to get a lawyer and come back to present his case.

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