Man says he left his car with flat alone for an hour, then police towed it

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- You get a flat.  Call a friend, go get a spare, come back 90 minutes later and the car's gone because it’s been towed.

"It's just a black car with a flat tire, that's why I don't understand why they towed it,” said Robert Jordan about his car.

Kansas City police say about 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, they got a call from someone driving by about a suspicious car and package on the side of I-435.

"What makes it abandoned? It was there an hour that doesn't make it abandoned. I came back with a spare,” he said.

Jordan says his car broke down about 15 minutes before police received the report of a suspicious car. He called a friend to help and left to get that spare, which he didn't get to use. Police say he should have made another call to police, or left a note.

"It doesn't matter how long it takes you we'll give you plenty of time as long as we know it belongs to someone and wasn't just abandoned on the side of the road,” said a KCK police officer.

Jordan says he doesn't blame police for doing their job.

"Now those that are abandoned ones, yes, take those off the highway, they are a problem but it was there an hour and a half and it was gone,” he said.

But Jordan says he would have liked the opportunity to fix his car before it was towed.

"I just want my car back without having to go through the hoops to get it back,” he said.

Now, borrowing a car to get to work and trying to figure out where he will get the money to get his car out of impound.

“$240 is a lot of money for a lot of people to get their car out,” he said.

After FOX 4 contacted the Kansas City police and told them Robert Jordan’s story, they looked into the situation and realized the car was not suspicious, but had broken down.

Police are releasing the car at no charge.

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