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FORT WORTH(CBSDFW.COM) – Court papers filed Thursday outline a state agency’s case for revoking Excalibur Towing’s license to tow. Two weeks ago the company towed a man’s car from in front of his own business. Even when police got involved the company refused to back down.
Surveillance video obtained by CBS11 shows an Excalibur tow truck taking three cars from in front of the Five-Star Autoplex in Fort Worth.
“I told him this is my land, do not tow from here,” says Ben Chattha, the owner of the business. “What they were saying is, we’re not gonna hand your cars back, you’re not gonna get them back.”
When police went to the tow yard a detective said the owner became “very abusive” cursing at the officers to “get a f*** warrant” and calling a sergeant an “f****** coward” and telling him to get off his property.
“I was very shocked,” says Chatta. “Because if a police officer approaches me at my business, I’m going to treat them with respect.”
“They were told to go get a warrant. ‘Cause that’s the law. It’s the United States,” says James Mosser, an attorney for Excalibur.
Mosser claims both Chattha and police are lying about the encounter and that the cars were legally towed.
It was the second day in a row Fort Worth police clashed with Excalibur.
The day before police tried to recover a motorcycle reported stolen in Dallas. Officers ended up arresting two employees after they refused to open a gate, blocking an officer from leaving with the motorcycle.
“They don’t have to! This is America. I keep telling you,” says Mosser.
Affidavits show Excalibur has also refused to cooperate with the Euless Police Department and investigators from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the agency that oversees the industry. The company’s attorney disputes it should have to cooperate.
“I keep pointing out to them that those rules and regulations are in violation of federal law. I think most of them are,” says Mosser.
Chattha is hoping someone can hold this business accountable.
“It’s a scam and it’s disgusting they get away with it.”
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