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Mechanic Out Thousands After Ex-Officer's Hot Rod is Seized

A mechanic says a hot rod seized during a federal investigation involving an Arkansas State Police officer has left him struggling to pay the bills.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A mechanic says a hot rod seized during a federal investigation involving an Arkansas State Police officer has left him struggling to pay the bills.
    
Officer Sedrick Reed is accused of stealing drugs from an evidence vault and selling them on the streets.

But Reed's arrest has hurt more than the image of the state police.

The mechanic, Dale Hurley, says Reed owes him thousands of dollars and now he's not sure when, if ever, he'll get paid.

Hurley says FBI agents came looking a 1970 Chevelle late last week.

"[They] were asking if I knew where the car was... I said yeah it's at my shop!" Hurley said.

Hurley says the car belongs to Reed.

"He didn't strike me as odd," Hurley said of Reed.  "He seems like a nice enough guy."

Hurley says the Chevelle isn't the only hot rod Reed brought to his shop.

He also worked on Reed's 1964 Impala.

The FBI won't comment on why the cars were taken, but Hurley says the seizure of the Chevelle has put the breaks on his business.

Hurley was in the middle of a $5,000 repair job and says Reed still owes him $3,000.

"I was kinda counting on it to pay some bills," Hurley said.

With Reed being held behind bars, it's not likely Hurley will be seeing that money anytime soon.

"I can't go down the the grocery store and say, you know, when I get paid for this car I'll come down and pay for these groceries."

There is a process for Hurley to seek reimbursement for the money he says Reed owes him.
    
Hurley says it's a process with a lot of red tape, and it could take up to two years for him to get paid.
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