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Ex-tow truck operator says Pittsburgh officer, city put him out of business

| Friday, March 7, 2014, 7:15 p.m.

A former tow truck operator claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday that a Pittsburgh police officer and the city drove him out of business so that a competitor could get more work towing wrecked cars.

Keith Sanders, 48, of East Hills claims that Officer Elvis Duratovic repeatedly cited him for parking violations when he showed up at accident scenes. Finally, on Feb. 17, 2012, Duratovic cited Sanders for five misdemeanors.

Three of the charges have been withdrawn or dismissed, but he's still facing a trial on May 6 on charges of obstructing law enforcement and obstructing a highway, according to Allegheny County court records.

Sanders said Duratovic's actions caused him to shut down his towing operation in November 2012. A spokesman for the city declined comment.

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