Metro Police Officer Blocks Access to Sidewalk with Patrol Car at Home

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Metro Nashville Police Department Officer Andrae Starling has been noticed by neighbors repeatedly parking his city owned patrol car in his driveway in a manner that completely blocks the sidewalk in front of his home – preventing access by pedestrians, especially those with strollers & wheelchairs – causing them to have to cross the grass and go into the road in order to pass by his home.

Metro Codes shows a complaint received via email, entered on 07/20/17, that states  a “metro officer parking his patrol car on sidewalk and blocking sidewalk”. While an initial inspection was scheduled for 07/21/17, there are no further notes showing publicly for the report. After several days without an inspection or other actions reported on the codes website, we reached out to MNPD & Metro Codes for an update after we documented the offense was still occurring on 07/26/17:

Per Wayne Denton of Metro Codes: “the police dept. has been contacted and we are assured the car will not be parked across the side any longer. Thank you for your patience.”

MNPD Spokesperson Don Aaron, states that the department received an anonymous complaint on the 07/19/17: “The MNPD received an anonymous complaint about this on the night of July 19.  There was a glitch in it being forwarded.  This has been addressed with the officer and he should be ensuring that the sidewalk is not blocked.”

We are able to confirm that as of 07/30/17, the officer is no longer breaking the law, and is parking in compliance with all regulations:

Here’s the Metro Code on the subject:

12.40.040 – Stopping, standing or parking—Prohibited locations.

  1. Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with regulation of the directions of a police officer or official traffic-control device, no person shall:
    1. Stop, stand or park a vehicle:
      1. On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street,
      2. On a sidewalk; however, a bicycle may be parked on a sidewalk unless otherwise posted if it does not impede the normal and reasonable movement of pedestrians or other traffic. Any vehicle in violation of this provision shall be towed and the owner or operator shall be responsible for the payment of the towing charges,
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