Lawsuit filed in regard to towed undercover cars

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

A lawsuit seeking $5 million has been filed against six officers from three law enforcement agencies, including the Keizer Police Department.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court last month, was filed on behalf of Gary Dental, owner of Bales and Brady Towing West in Salem, and his employees Bradley Kelley and Timothy Hall.

The case centers around a January 2012 incident in which undercover officers demanded their cars – registered under fake names – be released after being towed to an impound lot from an apartment in Salem. Kelley and Hall were arrested for obstructing governmental administration and taken to the Polk County Jail.

The officers were serving a search warrant at the time of the towing. Due to the fake registration names, officers couldn’t provide the necessary proof of ownership. According to a May 2012 letter from attorney Kevin Lafky, Hall was on the phone with Dental when he and Kelley were arrested.

The Salem Police Department and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency were also named in the suit.

Shannon Johnson, city attorney for Keizer, declined to comment this week.

This past January, Hall and Kelley were cleared of charges in Polk County Circuit Court. At the time, their attorney strongly hinted a lawsuit would be coming.


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