Disciplinary actions: Vehicle transport and disposal

For details about many of these disciplinary actions, please see Search business and professional licenses.

August 2014

Paulson’s Towing — Lynnwood

  • Finding: Recordkeeping violations.
  • Action: Fined $2,000, which is stayed pending no similar violations within 1 year.

Sno-Isle Towing — Camano Island

  • Finding: Recordkeeping violations.
  • Action: Fined $3,000, $2,750 is stayed pending no similar violations within 1 year.

BJ’s Towing — Sumas

  • Finding: Recordkeeping and overcharge of storage fees.
  • Action: Fined $4,000, $3,500 is stayed pending no similar violations within 1 year.

Budget Towing — Mount Vernon

  • Finding: Recordkeeping violations.
  • Action: Fined $2,250, $1,250 is stayed pending no similar violations within 1 year.

July 2014

Golden Pheasant Towing — Shelton

  • Finding: Failure to submit surplus funds.
  • Action: Fined $1,000.

Berk’s Towing, LLC — Bellingham

  • Finding: Recordkeeping violations.
  • Action: Fined $5,000, which $3,500 is stayed pending no similar violations within 1 year.

A to B Auto, Inc. — Kent

  • Finding: Failure to provide ownership documents for two vehicles.
  • Action: Fined $2,000, $1,900 is stayed pending no similar violations within 1 year.

Russ Dean Family RV — Pasco

  • Finding: Late title transfers.
  • Action: Fined $2,000.

Ernie Basilio Murillo — Mukilteo

  • Finding: Unlicensed dealer activity.
  • Action: Ordered to cease and desist, fined $10,000.

Jacob Pierce Long — Tacoma

  • Finding: Unlicensed dealer activity.
  • Action: Ordered to cease and desist, fined $7,000, which is stayed pending no similar violations within 1 year.

Ali K. Mahmood — Kent

  • Finding: Unlicensed dealer activity.
  • Action: Ordered to cease and desist, fined $5,000.

June Marie Cottrell — Longbranch

  • Finding: Unlicensed dealer activity.
  • Action: Fined $12,000, $11,900 is stayed pending no similar violations within 1 year.

Kristi Donette Croskey — Tacoma

  • Finding: Unlicensed dealer activity.
  • Action: Ordered to cease and desist, fined $5,000, $4,900 is stayed pending no similar violations within 1 year.

Miller Ristick — Gresham, OR

  • Finding: Unlicensed dealer activity.
  • Action: Fined $10,000.

Thomas George Lemka — Puyallup

  • Finding: Unlicensed vehicle wrecking.
  • Action: Ordered to cease and desist, fined $14,000, which is stayed pending no similar violations within 1 year.

June 2014

Road Rescue Towing — Bothell

  • Finding: Recordkeeping and auction violations.
  • Action: Fined $1,750.

North West Auto Recycling — Yelm

  • Finding: Possession of undocumented major component parts.
  • Action: Fined $2,000.

March 2014

STI Fleet Services dba Specialty Transport, Inc. — Redmond

  • Finding: Unlawful use of transporter plates
  • Action: 1 year revocation which is stayed pending no similar violations within 1 year.

December 2013

Evergreen State Towing — Spokane

  • Finding: Tow truck operator violations.
  • Action: Fined $500.

Sparky’s Towing, Inc. — Lynnwood

  • Finding: Tow truck operator violations.
  • Action: License suspended for 14 days and fined $6,750.

November 2013

Road Rescue Towing — Everett

  • Finding:
    • Failed to record the second-highest bid and the second-highest bidder’s information as required.
    • Impounded a vehicle on or about October 22, 2012, and failed to auction the vehicle until they conducted an abandoned vehicle auction on or about February 16, 2013. There wasn’t a successful bidder for the vehicle at the auction, but they completed an affidavit of sale and sold the vehicle on February 25, 2013.
    • Failed to enter complete vehicle information into the master log.
  • Action: Fined $1,750.

October 2013

American Towing — Everett

  • Finding: Overcharged storage fees, and failed to remit surplus funds.
  • Action: Fined $1,500, which is stayed (not imposed) as long as there are no similar violations for 1 year.

McCarthy Automotive Services — Spokane

  • Finding: Failed to remit late fees owed to renew their license, and stopped by the Washington State Patrol on 2 separate occasions with transporter plate 9285D affixed to the vehicle.
  • Action: Transporter license #9285 revoked for 1 year.

Speedway Towing — Snohomish

  • Finding: Failed to timely auction vehicles.
  • Action: Fined $3,500, which is stayed (not imposed) as long as there are no similar violations for 1 year.

September 2013

BDR Towing, LLC. — Woodinville

  • Finding:
    • Impounded a vehicle and failed to indicate the time of day the vehicle was released in the master log.
    • Released a vehicle and failed to maintain a copy of the right of redemption and opportunity for a hearing form in the transaction file.
    • Impounded vehicles and failed to timely process the abandoned vehicle report through the Department.
    • Failed to timely mail notices of custody and sale to the legal and registered owners.
    • Overcharged a customer for ½ day of storage.
  • Action: Fined $500.

Inter-County Towing — Everett

  • Finding:
    • Impounded a vehicle and a WSP audit revealed that a copy of the Authorization to Impound form was missing.
    • Impounded a vehicle, sold the vehicle at auction, but never submitted the surplus funds to the Department of Licensing.
  • Action: Fined $2,000 and operator agrees to pay the surplus funds of $2,290 to the Department.
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