2012-02-09 / Local & State

Police Clear Andretti Of Breaking Pa. Garage Gate

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) – Police in eastern Pennsylvania have cleared IndyCar driver Marco Andretti of any involvement in breaking a gate at a municipal parking garage in Bethlehem.

Police initially accused Andretti of being one of three men who pushed the North Street Garage exit gate and left without paying Thursday night.

But they said surveillance footage later showed that Andretti hadn’t touched the gate. And another man contacted the Bethlehem Parking Authority on Friday, took responsibility, and offered restitution.

Andretti said the driver behind him broke the gate after becoming agitated that Andretti was taking so long to pay. He says the system wasn’t accepting his cash or credit cards.

The garage’s new electronic payment gates went into effect in January.

The 24-year-old grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti lives in the area.

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