Why Are Some Cars Impounded After a DUI Arrest?

When a suspect is arrested for a DUI offense the police will oftentimes decide to impound the person’s car rather than simply leave it parked. What is the criteria for impound? This question is not easily answered. Some Departments leave the decision making process entirely up to the arresting officer. This practice can sometimes lead to abusive practices. For example, if the officer feels the person has not been “cooperative” than they can punish that person by impounding the car which can cost upwards of $400 in some cases to get the car out. What is needed is a uniform policy, statewide, which governs when a policeman can impound a vehicle following a drunk driving incident. Many times the car poses no threat and is parked legally at the time of the stop so why impound at all, say many experts. Time will tell whethet lawmakers wake up to the disparity and unfairness in the system.

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