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Allie Nelson

Allie Nelson, a retired law enforcement officer, was born and raised in Chicago and has lived in the city most of her life. In October 2017, Nelson was in Houston, Tex., recuperating from cancer treatments. She left her car with her granddaughter, along with strict instructions that her granddaughter’s then-boyfriend was not allowed to drive the vehicle. Unfortunately, that direction was ignored.

Police pulled over the car while the boyfriend was driving, claiming the car had a cracked windshield. They discovered marijuana in the car, seized the vehicle and had it towed to an impound lot. Nelson’s granddaughter was a passenger, and police left her on the side of the road without her purse or cell phone, forcing her to walk to get help after dark.

In February 2018, an administrative law officer determined that Nelson was liable for a $2,000 fine for unlawful drugs in a motor vehicle and $3,925 in towing and storage fees. Nelson cannot afford to pay that and was informed that the city had disposed of her car. This, despite the fact that Nelson was not even in the city when the car was impounded, and all charges were dropped against the driver.

  • April 30, 2019    |   Private Property

    Chicago Impound

    The Windy City tows the cars of innocent people and holds them for ransom

    Jerome Davis and Veronica Walker-Davis did absolutely nothing wrong, yet lost their car to a system that made them feel like criminals. Their car was impounded by the city of Chicago, which tows and holds tens of thousands of vehicles each year. Vehicles can be impounded for littering, playing music too loudly, or  myriad other…

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