Driver pays Spokane $4,000 to remove boot

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 27 at 6:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – City leaders said the owner of the Spokane’s first booted vehicle paid more $4,000 to get it removed Wednesday.

The boot was placed on the SUV in Downtown Spokane on Tuesday. Parking enforcement officers said the driver of the SUV had about one dozen unpaid parking tickets.

MORE: News policy begins, Spokane boots first vehicle with unpaid tickets

City workers told KREM 2 News that the driver paid all of his fines within hours of the boot being placed on his car. 

According to to the city, the boot was removed early Wednesday morning.

Spokane drivers told KREM 2 News that they are supportive of the city's measures.

"I guess if a person isn't going to pay their all their tickets, then they're taking a chance," said one driver.

City officials emphasized that drivers will not receive the boot until at least four parking tickets have gone to collection.

Officers said they will use license plate reading technology to flag vehicles that violate the four ticket policy.

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