Man forced to ride in car as it is towed

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man said he was forced to ride in his car as it was being towed, and the company said it is all legal.

Jonathan Noble said he was forced to call AAA to get his car towed. AAA made contact with Uncle Dave's Auto Repair, which sent a tow truck driver to Noble's location.

Noble said the tow truck driver forced Noble and Noble's soon-to-be father-in-law to ride in the car that was being towed, because the tow truck driver had someone with him and had no room in his truck.

"Just as soon as he put the truck on he told us that there was a passenger with him, so either way we had to ride in the back of the car on top of the trailer," Noble said.

Noble said the driver gave him only two options: ride inside the van chained to the back of the two truck or find another way home.

Since Noble was new to the area, he decided to stay with the van. The two men rode inside their van for about 10 minutes--traveling on city streets and even the highway.

Noble filmed the entire ride home and said he was scared during the ride. He said making him ride in the car while it was being towed is illegal.

"Can't be safe. I knew, of course, it had to be illegal because that's why I started videoing it. OK, you know, this can't be right," Noble said.

Dave Stewart, the owner of Uncle Dave's Auto Repair, reached out to Noble to get a better understanding of what happened.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol you can remain inside your vehicle as it is being towed. Although it's not the policy for Uncle Dave's Auto Repair, other Memphis wrecker companies said they do allow people to ride in their cars as they're being towed.

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