Man says he's being charged hundreds after being told to abandon his car

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - (UPDATE 3/18): The Colorado Springs Police Department told 11 News six cars were impounded following the blizzard.

Police said they had to clear the roads for street and emergency crews. CSPD said any cars that were towed were a hazard or were involved in a crash and no one was at the scene.

Officers said if your car was impounded, you can always request a hearing in municipal court to get the fee waived.

Lance Hanley told 11 Call for Action he picked up his car from the impound lot on Monday and paid about $250.

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(Original post 3/15):
A Colorado Springs man says he is being charged nearly $300 by police for towing his car after he says he was instructed by them to leave it during Wednesday's blizzard.

Lance Hanley, like so many others, got stuck when the blizzard swept through. He says he had just got off work and was headed toward his home in Palmer Lake.

"[I] got on the highway, was redirected from the highway onto Voyager, took Voyager, ended up getting stuck between a bunch of cars n Voyager," Hanley told 11 Call For Action reporter Dustin Cuzick.

Hanley says he waited in his car for hours and was prepared to wait even longer, but says he wasn't given the option.

"Got to Voyager around 2 o'clock in the afternoon, sat there until about 6:30 when I had a cop knocking on my door telling me that I had to leave my vehicle."

Hanley says it's his car in a tweet from Colorado Springs Police Department saying that if you can't find your car when you come back to get it to "check for it in nearby parking lots." But when Lance went back to get his car, it was gone. It had been towed to the Colorado Springs Police impound lot.

"No call, no nothing, and instead it got towed to CSPD impound which is going to cost me almost $300 to get it out."

We reached out to Colorado Springs Police to see why Hanley's car was impounded instead of just moved out the way, but we have not heard back yet. In the meantime, Hanley says he doesn't have the money to get the car out, but his bill at the impound lot is growing by the day, and he suspects he's not the only one.

"I think they're just trying to take money from people at this point. I mean, if you think about it, dozens and dozens of cars being towed and impounded, I mean, that's thousands and thousands of dollars that the city's about to make off of people's misfortune," Hanley said.