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Tow truck driver attempts to repo car with two children, adult still inside

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In other news, a Florida man tried to repossess a car with two minor children still in it and then sprayed pepper spray at the adults who tried to stop him. Those allegations are according to a lawsuit filed in Polk County on Oct. 22.

The plaintiffs, Yaica and Quinyale Gore and DaBresha Harris, contend the proprietor of Blackhawk Towing and Recovery attempted to tow a 2006 Saturn Vue the Gore’s had defaulted on while Harris and two children were in it.

Harris reportedly began repeatedly honking the horn from the Gore’s driveway to get Quinyale Gore’s attention. Harris was reportedly there to take him to work.

When Gore questioned Robert Burrows of Blackhawk Towing, the lawsuit explains an argument ensued, police were called, and Harris and Gore were shot with a healthy dose of mace.

The plaintiffs are seeking “no less” than $15,000 exclusive of attorney’s fees and court costs.

The Gore’s acknowledge in the lawsuit that they had fallen behind on the payments and nowhere in the lawsuit do they claim the repossession was uncalled for.

Instead they argue breach of peace because two minors and an adult were still in the vehicle while Murrows attempted to attach it to a tow truck.

The lawsuit implies Gore may have informed the tow truck operator, but makes no specific mention to what the verbal altercation was in reference to. It also does not say whether there were reasonable efforts to remove the individuals from the car.

In any case, Florida, man.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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