- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has directed the city’s police department to only seize cars in cases with convictions.

In a statement Monday, Keller says he is asking the city council to update the ordinance to match the new policy.

The city has seized vehicles under a 25-year-old ordinance. Police could seize a car without the owner being convicted of an offense.

Police were allowed to confiscate the vehicles driven by people who were arrested on suspicion of a second or subsequent drunken driving offense or driving on a suspended license for a drunken driving arrest.

The proceeds from the seizures funded the department program and efforts to fight driving while intoxicated

A federal lawsuit against the city on its seizure program is ongoing.

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