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On New Year’s Day, Jordan Roth, an Arlington resident, returned to the alley off 19th Street NW near Dupont Circle where he had illegally parked his 1985 Toyota Camry the night before. After inquiries to towing companies proved fruitless, Roth called police, who found the car a week later, four blocks away. The joy rider had taken only the tire gauge, a street map of D.C., and the air filter, but had left behind a few Garden State Parkway toll tokens. As if that weren’t weird enough, Roth also had to deal with peculiar police logic. The car had amassed four District parking tickets while at large, which Roth assumed would be voided automatically. Not so, said the cops, who told Roth to go to court and present a copy of the police report. However, department policy prohibited the officers from releasing the report to Roth in time for his court date.