Unidentified car gets the boot, then gets it taken off

I will admit up front this blog post has a lot of questions and few answers and could be much ado about nothing. But here it goes:

My colleague Bryan Sears, on his walk into work Wednesday morning, noticed a Chevy Impala with a wheel boot parked near the Office of the Public Defender in downtown Baltimore. He even took a photo of it:

car boot 2

I noticed the wheel boot on the car Tuesday afternoon on my way to the courthouse but didn’t think much of it. I also noticed an official-looking piece of paper on the windshield, which I took be notice from the city that the car’s owner better pay up.

But that paper was gone when Bryan walked past the car Wednesday morning.

Instead he saw this:

car sign

The laminated sign led to more questions in our office. What does “EPU” stand for? (UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: Several readers have confirmed our suspicions that it stands for “Executive Protection Unit.”) Who gets No. 001? Was this the FOP extracting some kind of revenge on Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby?

I called the city’s Department of Transportation, which said the car was not a government car based on the license plate. (For what it’s worth, the car had an extra light atop the driver’s-side side mirror.) I emailed the city state’s attorney’s office to find out more information but have yet to hear back.

Then, about an hour after I called DOT and emailed the state’s attorney’s office, I walked past the car again. And, wouldn’t you know it? The boot was gone.

car no boot

If you have any information about the vehicle permit or the car, please let us know.

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