A 35-year old Polk County man under investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) related to an alleged illegal towing business was arrested Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender and parole violation. 

MICHAEL ALAN SELMER, age 35, from Falls City, is the subject of an ongoing investigation after OSP received information he acquired two tow trucks and began advertising towing services in Salem and Independence areas without obtaining a towing certificate authorizing him to perform tow services. His tow trucks displayed the name “Whoops! Towing” and he allegedly posted tow impound signs at various businesses in the Salem, Jefferson and Independence areas, using a spotter to call for tows before removing vehicles. 

On July 8, 2014, OSP arrested SELMER when he began to tow an undercover OSP vehicle from a parking lot. SELMER was lodged in Marion County Jail for Felony Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Parole Violation. Additional charges related to the OSP investigation may be pending following review by the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. 

Anyone with information related to the illegal towing investigation is asked to contact Senior Trooper Doug Brown at (503) 378-3387 ext 30500

No other information for release due to the ongoing investigation. 

Mugshot photograph – Marion County Sheriff’s Office 

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