Heartless Cops Give Michigan Man $128 Ticket For Warming Car In Driveway

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

In anger, he posted a now-viral photo of the ticket to his Facebook page Thursday, criticizing the police department for "wasting the taxpayer's money".

"I thought u couldn't be ticketed on private property", one Facebook user argued.

Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said the law is meant to decrease vehicle thefts.

But one unlucky driver ended up on the wrong end of a moody cop near Detroit and found himself with a $128 ticket for doing what virtually every other driver in the state does whenever the weather hits the single digits: warming up his auto.

"That would have been respectful", Taylor said.

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While cities have their own rules regarding leaving a auto turned on and unattended there is no state law about doing it. "All it takes is someone to hop in this vehicle and take off". "This is purely a public safety issue". If you use a remote starter and the key isn't in the auto, it is OK.

It's been shared more than 6,000 times and there are more than 5,000 comments, almost all supporting Taylor. Berlin said the police officer was following protocol when issuing the ticket. "I've only seen one person comment that they got that ticket before". Berlin said. "Drop dead".

"I did want to say that I would like to retract my statement calling the officer a dips-t".

Taylor estimates that he left the auto in the driveway for five to seven minutes.

"I was there for maybe seven or eight minutes before I noticed the ticket", Taylor told CBS Detroit, adding that he was dropping off diapers in the process.

Taylor is scheduled to appear in court later this month. He meant to warm the vehicle up enough so that his significant other and her child could comfortably hop in, but a Roseville police office had other thoughts.