Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
Post Number: 415
|Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 01:39 pm: |
Police officers have the authority to impound vehicles used in the commission of a crime. That was reinforced in 1998 in the US District Court Case, Maricle v. Biggerstaff (3:97-CV-3029).
City Council action is not required for any police agency to impound vehicles. Until recently, the verification of insurance was time consuming and could only be done during office hours. The Texas Sure Program eliminates that problem (www.texassure.com) and police officers can verify 24 hours a day if the vehicle is insured. There are certainly discretionary issues that come into play and the decision on whether to impound the vehicle would rest with the officer on the street. The officer also has the discretion on whether to cite or arrest the driver for the infraction.
As to revenue, the city derives no revenue from the impoundment of vehicles.