Cop tickets MI man for warming up his vehicle in the driveway

  • Cop tickets MI man for warming up his vehicle in the driveway

Cop tickets MI man for warming up his vehicle in the driveway

Some of Mr. Trupiano's followers say they have since reported the police chief to the city of Roseville for "threats".

"Let's all take a moment to thank officer dips-t K. Keary for wasting the taxpayer's money and giving me a ticket for warming up my auto in my own damn driveway", Mr. Trupiano wrote, received more than 13,000 shares.

Taylor posted a picture of the ticket on Facebook.

But one unlucky driver ended up on the wrong end of a moody cop near Detroit and found himself with a $128 ticket for doing what virtually every other driver in the state does whenever the weather hits the single digits: warming up his vehicle.

Roseville Police Chief James Berlin says leaving the key in your vehicle while it is unattended is "a public safety issue".

The officer didn't knock on the door to inform Taylor of the problem.

"That would have been respectful", Taylor said.

In Michigan, there is state law against leaving a vehicle turned on and unattended, but in dozens of cities across the state, like Roseville, there are local ordinances. If the key is in the auto, it's a state and local violation, because somebody could take off in the vehicle. Many rules, though, permit residents to use the remote start function because the vehicle is locked.

The photo has more than 13,000 shares, 4,900 comments and 4,600 likes. "It's unsafe, and of course it drives everyone's insurance rates up", Berlin said. He's angry about the name calling.

"Did you see the disparaging comments made about my officer?" Berlin told WDIV. "Drop dead". In fact, today's cars tend to warm up more quickly being driven rather than idling. "I've done this every day for seven years".

Michigan, like OH, makes it illegal to leave a vehicle unattended while the motor is running.

Whether Taylor's Facebook post went viral or not, the man will have to wait to argue his case in court.