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AURORA - One officer got more than he bargained for when he tried to enforce the "puffing" law in Aurora.

Aurora Police tweeted the following: "Simple puffer turned into assaulting an officer! Yes that is a foot print!" with a photo attached:

Geneva Bell, 26, is facing battery, resisting and puffing charges. She was taken into custody in the 600 block of South Oakland Street in Aurora.

Puffing is when drivers leave their cars running during cold weather.

It's called puffing, and it could lead to two things:

  • If a thief sees your car running, it's an open invitation
  • If an officer sees it, it means a ticket.

If your car has a remote starter, puffing is legal because anti-theft technology prevents a thief from driving off without the key.

The puffing law does not apply to cars parked on private property in some cities. Drivers should call their city to make sure what their ordinance says.

The term "puffing" was coined by car thieves who scour snowy streets looking for exhaust puffing out of the tailpipes of empty cars.

Puffing citations can cost you more than $100.

For more information on how to protect your car, visit the Coloradans Against Auto Theft website,

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