Man who was rear-ended by gov't vehicle wants Uncle Sam to cover repairsPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- 3 On Your Side is making sure a government agency is taking responsibility.
This all has to do with a car wreck that happened recently.
Look, car wrecks happen all the time, but this one is a little different because a Casa Grande man says he was hit by a federal agent who was in a government vehicle.
But the problem, at least according to the man who was hit, is trying to get Uncle Sam to pay for the damage.
"It's the nicest car I've ever owned," Garland Shreves said. "It's a Dodge Charger and it has a hemi."
There's no doubt that Shreves likes his 2006 Charger. What he doesn't like is the huge dent found on the back of his trunk, the result of being rear-ended by an SUV.
"As soon as I felt the push from the SUV behind us, I was hoping that it wasn't totally destroyed in the back," he said.
It turns out the guy who hit Shreves is a federal agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, but the undercover SUV is apparently owned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement --.two different agencies.
And that's part of the problem. The accident report taken by the Arizona Department of Public Safety says for Shreves to contact the federal government to get his car repaired. No telephone number, no policy number, nothing -- just the federal government.
"It didn't give me a phone number," Shreves said. "It didn't give me a lead as to where I could call. The federal government is a huge agency. Who do I call first?"
Shreves obviously called the U.S. Border Patrol to start the paperwork on his wrecked car but claims he was brushed off. He then called ICE but says he was on the phone for hours and got nowhere.
"That was part of the frustration," he said. "Had I been given a phone number or a point of contact that I could have called the next day or the first business day after the accident, I wouldn't have had to been on the phone for six hours."
Shreves says he never did get a hold of anyone who was willing to get the paperwork moving so he contacted 3 On Your Side.
"I don't think I'm asking for too much at all," Shreves said. "In fact, I'm not even asking for a rental car while the car is being repaired. Just fix the damages."
After 3 On Your Side got involved, things finally got done. Because there were two different agencies involved -- the Border Patrol and ICE -- there was some confusion as to which agency was responsible.
Federal officials finally figured it out and they are mailing Garland the paperwork he needs to get his car repaired.