SAN ANTONIO -- The president of a local towing company was acquitted Wednesday of overcharging a San Antonio car owner. However, the prosecutor for the City Attorney's office says Alex Garcia still faces more than 400 other citations for alleged overcharging.
Municipal Court Judge Robert Lipo found there was not enough evidence to prove Bexar Towing President Alex Garcia personally ordered his employees to overcharge customers for towing.
Bexar Towing was given the citations by the San Antonio Police Department last year for overcharging. The city claims Bexar Towing charged hundreds of San Antonians more than the $85 maximum allowed by city ordinance for a non-consent tow.
Another Bexar Towing official, John DeLoach, was also in court fighting overcharging citations. However, his case won't be decided until Friday.
News 4 WOAI Trouble Shooter Jaie Avila was in the courtroom following the proceedings and also reports that the city may soon raise the fee Bexar Towing and others are allowed to charge.
After conducting a tow fee study, city staff has recommended the fee be raised from $85 to $177, plus storage and impound. The city council will vote on the recommendation later this month.