- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Michigan man is outraged after he was ticketed for heating up his car in his own driveway and then told by the police chief to “drop dead” after he complained to local media.

Taylor Trupiano, who posts on Facebook under the name Nick Taylor, posted a photo of the $128 ticket last week, which he found on his windshield after leaving his car running and unattended in his driveway in Roseville.

“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 car in my own damn driveway,” Mr. Trupiano wrote, received more than 13,000 shares.

A Roseville officer wrote on the ticket, “Vehicle parked in drive with keys in ignition, motor running — no one around.”

“I was furious when I saw it,” Mr. Trupiano told a local NBC News affiliate. “Every person warms up their car. We live in Michigan.”

Roseville Police Chief James Berlin didn’t take kindly to the name-calling and has no intention of tossing the ticket.

“You see the disparaging comments he made about my officer?” the police chief told NBC. “Drop dead.”

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

“If anyone has a second to help report the the chief of police for roseville telling me to drop dead on channel 4. It would be greatly appreciated,” Mr. Trupiano posted Friday.

He also apologized for hurling insults at the officer who ticketed him.

“I did want to say that I would like to retract my statement calling the officer a dips—t. Thinking it over, it wasn’t the appropriate thing to say because I do respect police officers for what they do for us everyday,” he wrote.

Mr. Trupiano is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

Though there is no Michigan state law that forbids drivers from leaving their cars turned on and unattended, some cities do have local ordinances.

“We have five to 10 cars stolen this way every winter,” Chief Berlin told a local ABC News affiliate. “It’s dangerous, and of course it drives everyone’s insurance rates up. It drives our crime rates up.”

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