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Lake County Residents Complain Of High Snowstorm Tow Fees

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Snow piles up on a suburban street during the blizzard. (Credit: John Dodge/CBS 2)

Snow piles up on a suburban street during the blizzard. (Credit: John Dodge/CBS 2)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) — Some Lake County drivers who got stuck during the blizzard and ended up getting their cars towed are complaining they’re being gouged by the towing companies.

Some paid around $300, while others a little over $150.

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The Lake County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Department has agreements with the towing companies to remove cars, but it doesn’t set the rates.

That’s up to the companies.

Lt. Christopher Thompson says it’s really not that unreasonable under the circumstances.

“It can sound like a lot of money,” said Thompson. “People also need to understand that these tow truck drivers were risking their own lives. It is their job.”

And, he says, people had plenty of warning the storm was coming.

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