- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Long Island police in Nassau County have started seizing vehicles of motorists arrested for DWI and holding them while the cases proceed through the courts.

For years, Nassau has sold vehicles at auction or reached financial settlements with banks or leasing companies that own them but only after drivers were convicted.

The county’s attorney tells Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1Bu8IID ) that the new policy keeps the car available for forfeiture.

The policy calls for an administrative proceeding after a DWI arrest to determine whether the county can legally hold the vehicle until the case is settled.

In the past, Nassau returned vehicles to motorists after arrests. But by the time they were convicted, the driver’s lease or financing agreement had expired. That prevented the county from reaching a monetary agreement.



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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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