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Des Plaines Man Gets Grouchy & Throws Garbage Can When Pal Gets DUI: Cops

A Des Plaines man got irate when the cops were going to tow his car, police said.

Oscar the Grouch. Credit: Joseph Hosey
Oscar the Grouch. Credit: Joseph Hosey
A Des Plaines man lost it and tossed a garbage can when he found out his car was getting towed, police said.

Christian Rivera, 24, of 1372 Fargo Ave. was a passenger in a car that was pulled over about 2 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of North and Addison avenues.

The driver, 24-year-old Sagarkumar Patel of 2049 Pine St. in Des Plaines, was charged with driving under the influence and failing to signal. The cops also called for a tow to haul away the Volkswagen Jetta he was driving, and that's what set Rivera off, police said.

Rivera, who apparently owned the Jetta, was "upset about his car being towed and began shouting and cursing," police said.

Rivera "grabbed a garbage can from the driveway they were in front of and threw it to the ground," police said. "He was taken into custody and charged with" disorderly conduct.

Both Rivera and Patel were released on bond.

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Idont Givitout February 11, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Towing the car was totally out of line and I believe is unlawful unless it is disabled or causing a hazard. Since the owner of the car was present it should have been a no brainer for the cop to realize it was not a hazard. Clearly there is collusion going on with the towing company.
D L February 12, 2014 at 04:22 PM
IG. All police depts . State, local and county have their towing connections. It's been a hustle between the police and tow companies since the beginning of time. Do you think it's a coincidence you always see the same companies at accidents etc.?
Jim Court February 13, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Disorderly conduct is a catch all phrase used way to often and primarily serves one real purpose, police overtime and more arrests.which theoretically . reflect higher police productivity. I would throw a garbage can also if I thought my vehicle was towed for a wrongful reason.

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