Nick Somberg, representing attorney for Taylor Trupiano – the Michigan man recently ticketed for warming up his car in his own driveway – isn’t mincing words when it comes to his feelings about the case.
In a statement to The Liberty Conservative, Somberg said he feels it is his duty to take the case – pro bono – and ensure that the citation is dismissed. “I find the conduct of this police officer reprehensible,” said Somberg. “He either has no heart or no brain.”
The Rochester Hills attorney also objected to Roseville police chief James Berlin’s suggestion that the ticket was issued due to public safety concerns about vehicle theft. “So to protect Mr. Trupiano from having his car stolen, they’re trying to steal his money instead,” blazed Somberg, who also noted that he had set up a GoFundMe page to buy Trupiano and his family a remote starter for their car.
Taylor Trupiano, who was hit with a $128 ticket after starting his car and leaving it to warm up in his driveway, posted the citation to facebook, where it has accumulated nearly 15,000 shares in just one week.
According to Somberg, no Michigan law prohibits someone from warming a car in their own driveway, and no Roseville ordinance prohibits leaving a car unattended.
Roseville police, for their part, insist that unattended vehicles present a public safety risk, increase incidents of vehicle theft, and raise insurance rates.
“This is private property, this is a private vehicle. He’s not on a public road he’s not at a meter,” said Somberg. “What right do the cops have to tell a man he can’t try to warm up his car on his own property?”