Police Seizing Cars Of Drivers Who Try To Outrun The Law

North Carolina law enforcement agencies are applying a new state law that allows authorities to confiscate vehicles that try to elude officers.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports that New Hanover County agencies have seized 10 vehicles since the law took effect in December.

The law directs authorities to impound vehicles if a driver is charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest. If the driver is found guilty, the car is auctioned off and the profit goes to the local school system. Vehicles are returned if the suspect is found innocent.

Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith says although the law is new, he hopes it will get the attention of motorists not to flee a flashing police light since high-speed pursuits are very dangerous.


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  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Mar 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM
    Anonymous: I am posting up here b/c I know by your post - you never read down. Read down and yes I read the article - I have a friend they tried to pull this on b/c he was at a X road and they were checking traffic 200 yards up the road. They chased him down - and he was not guilty of anything except for going home. They threatened to take his vehicle..... I think he threatened them w/ something else. It was a simple question - take a nap.
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      by Native on Mar 6, 2012 at 06:04 AM in reply to Shine
      Yea, that sounds like one of those tight situations. Just for future reference, I asked a State Trooper personally, if it is illegal to turn around when you come up on a license check or DWI checkpoint and he said it IS NOT, but that it looks really suspecious. Now, I havent researched it to verify for myself but it sounds like it could make for an interesting night.
  • by Shannon Location: Goldsboro on Mar 5, 2012 at 09:29 AM
    Simple~ Really?! So your best advice is to buy a new car with 0 down if you want to outrun the police??? I hope you're joking. First, how about don't run from the police.....PERIOD! Then people will have nothing to worry about. Second, most people that would run from the police couldn't get a 0 down loan to start with. I bet I would be pretty safe to say most people that would run don't have good credit to start with.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM in reply to Shannon
      Im pretty sure it was a joke Shannon. A blunt joke.
  • by simple on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:27 AM
    if you want to outrun the cops, get a fast new car with 0 down. The car can't be sold when a bank has the title and no one is paying for it.
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      by Or... on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM in reply to simple
      Just steal cars.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:18 AM
    PERFECT!
  • by facts jack on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    Here's the actual bill; innocent owners have recourse as do lien holders..... http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/SessionLaws/HTML/2011-2012/SL2011-271.html
  • by George Location: Greenville on Mar 5, 2012 at 07:03 AM
    Excellent! It found guilty, they should lose their license as well.
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      by Whoa! on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:09 AM in reply to George
      Agreed. Most but not all suspects who flee usually do so at excessive speeds. I'm not sure of the exact speed, but somewhere along the line dangerous or careless driving has to become a factor. Instead of just seizing their vehicle, take their DL too. I like it!
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      by REM on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:25 AM in reply to George
      For no less than 15 years.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM in reply to George
      You can take their license but you can't stop them from driving.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM in reply to
        Very True. There are a few who drive w/o a license and never get caught. Just luck!!
  • by shonuff on Mar 5, 2012 at 06:49 AM
    They should slow them down. Pat and Charlie don't run as fast as a charger, camaro or those crotch rockets.
  • by MadMax on Mar 5, 2012 at 06:39 AM
    it's a good idea, but all the cars will be good for is scrap, they usually end up wrecked, i sure wouldn't want to buy one knowing it had been used and abused in a chase
  • by James Location: Washington on Mar 5, 2012 at 06:23 AM
    What if the car was borrowed? What if it was not paid for?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 07:14 AM in reply to James
      Then the guilty party better be ready to compensate the owner or mortgage holder.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 07:16 AM in reply to James
      Don't break the law and don't loan your car to law-breakers and you have nothing to worry about. To answer your question though, the payments to the loan company would still have to be paid exactly like if the police confiscated a house that was used to sell drugs but still had a mortgage.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 06:18 AM
    This is a great law. One that actually makes sense.
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