PORTLAND, Ore. — The state has ordered a towing company in Portland to pay $75,000 in fines after consumers filed 29 complaints against the business over the last two years.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Oregon Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum on Wednesday announced the settlement with Sergeants Towing Inc., ordering the business to pay $4,456 in restitution to seven people.

Under the agreement, the state will suspend $50,000 of the fines if the company meets all the conditions stipulated in the deal.

State Justice Department spokeswoman Kristina Edmunson says towing operators “cannot arbitrarily tow a vehicle without clear signage or without a clear reason to tow.”

Company manager Jesse Copeland, who signed the agreement with the state, didn’t return calls or emails from the newspaper seeking comment.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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