SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah County towing company is suing the Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Patrol and Utah Department of Transportation, accusing the agencies and certain employees of favoritism resulting in more than $630,000 in losses.
The lawsuit from heavy-duty towing company West Coast Towing, filed Monday in state court, also alleges that a UHP trooper has sexually harassed and threatened one of the towing company's employees.
According to the complaint, West Coast Towing has lost at least $630,000 in revenue since October 2016 because UHP Sgt. Blaine Robbins, who oversees the towing rotation, and Rob Woolsey, a UDOT employee who oversees incident management, and others have not been properly supervising the towing rotation and have allowed Stauffer's Towing and Recovery to respond to more than its fair share of incidents.
"We don't know why it's happening, but it's happening and it's improper," Robert Sykes, the company's attorney, said at a news conference Monday. "We just know there's favoritism, and it violates the law."
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