ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A disabled veteran calls the Albuquerque Police Department after one of his vehicles is illegally parked in a disabled parking lot, leaving no free spaces for those who may need one. Andrew Blea was out for lunch at Fuddruckers’ in Yale when he came across the APD Service Aide vehicle blocking the spot.
“I need a lot of space to get in and out, that only makes it harder for us. I don’t know why he was there when he was on duty or ate at the restaurant. I never saw him, ”said Andrew Blea, a disabled veteran.
It is unclear how long the APD vehicle was parked illegally. According to Blea, he says after finding a vacant spot at the far end of the property; he went in, ate lunch, and came out in the service truck. He says this took about 15 to 20 minutes without the driver having a sign. As someone who uses walking sticks, crutches, and the occasional wheelchair to get around, Blea says disabled parking spaces are easier to get in and out of their vehicle, and it’s quite frustrating when someone without a disability is parked in a disabled area.
“The appearance of a public service vehicle parked in a disabled parking space is simply taboo and shouldn’t be. This person needs to know and may not, ”added Blea.
APD says they are working to identify the person driving the company vehicle. Once they have more information, they will decide whether or not to take disciplinary action.