SAN ANTONIO - The News 4 WOAI Trouble Shooters started investigating Bexar Towing last year. Because of our investigation, the city has really started looking into towing citywide.
Bexar Towing was back in court Wednesday, fighting the city's ordinance.
The city has capped towing fees at $85, citing a 2002 ordinance. Bexar towing has still been charging $250 for tows and planned to continue doing that. Today the judge told them again that the ordinance stands and that $85 is the maximum allowed to be charged for towing.
The company's attorneys argue the state allows them to charge $250.
Bexar Towing owner arrested for overcharging
SAN ANTONIO - It all started with your complaints to the News 4 WOAI Trouble Shooters about the prices charged by towing companies. Now the latest in the battle over towing fees: the owner of one of the biggest companies in town is arrested over the weekend for overcharging.
Bexar Towing has taken the lead in challenging the city's ordinance. Friday night the company's owner, John DeLoach, was arrested because he was still charging more than the $85 allowed under the ordinance, and he refused orders from an officer to lower his fee.
The 65-year old DeLoach has always been defiant, ever since our hidden camera investigation caught his tow trucks violating state rules last year. Police say Friday night they were called to Bexar Towing's Northeast side location by a car owner who was being charged $293 to get his car back. However, a judge recently upheld the city's towing ordinance, which says towing companies can't charge more than $85.
When officers showed up they were met by DeLoach himself.
“He refused to reduce the charge. At that time he was told if the charge was not reduced, he would be issued a citation and taken to jail, which he agreed upon. At that point he was arrested and taken to jail”, said Officer Matt Porter with SAPD.
DeLoach made bond and was released. Ironically, it cost him about the same amount his company charges for tows, $300. News 4 WOAI received a statement from Bexar Towing’s attorney calling the arrest “a disturbing abuse of power by the city”.
Bexar Towing is still challenging the towing ordinance in civil court, arguing that it violates state law. A trial is scheduled for October.