Before everything, my friend has lent me his car for a week as he was out of state and it was for our company/work.
First - As I was driving on the road (Seal Beach, Ca) & something has happened to my wheel/axle as I heard a loud cracking noise and my guess was that the axle near my front/left wheel has snapped.
It seemed like it was still attached by the shocks. I pulled the car over on the side of the road dissecting the line of the furthest right lane/shoulder of the road and this was around 21:30-22:00.
Luckily, three CHP's cruised by me and asked if I was okay and such and told me that they'd leave me w/ another CHP en route.
The CHP officer then pulled up and went with protocol asking questions and such regarding towing. Everything seemed fine and I was on the phone with my friend shortly after informing him what has happened and if he had AAA. A couple of minutes pass and the officer's mood suddenly changes. He told me that it was mandatory that I get my truck towed because I was blocking traffic (The tail of my truck was blocking the furthest right lane by only 2-3 ft & the rest was in the right shoulder)
I told him that I was on the phone with my friend while he was calling AAA to get my truck towed. He then started raising his voice stating that he was going to get my truck towed without my consent. The towing-company (CHP's side) quoted me 160/hr which was horrible when I can just get free towing from AAA.
I started getting agitated telling the officer that this was a giant hassle when I can just get free-towing and he raised his voice saying no.
Shortly, my other friend pulled up to the shoulder and we asked the officer if we can push the car 2ft up into the right shoulder so it doesn't block traffic and he also answered no.
Then, I acted on impulse and I started cursing and such and he threatened me that he would have me arrested and as soon as I asked for his badge #/card/etc, he just froze up. It took a while to get his information as he kept beating around the bush. He then said "I'm recording you after all, so you can't do anything" but in the end, I ended up with his plate #/3-digit badge number/card
A couple of minutes pass and I get a phone call from my friend informing me that AAA was a couple of minutes away yet as soon as he informed me, the tow-truck the officer has called pulled up. I asked if he can wait a few minutes for AAA and he just said no & asked for it to be towed away without my consent.
I now have to deal with this in the morning towing out of the yard, paying this hourly fee, and dealing with this experience.
Does this sound like a normal-protocol where the cop can just get your truck towed away without your consent ? After all, I didn't break any laws..