Chapter 10.22
IMPOUNDING

Sections:

10.22.010    Vehicle defined.

10.22.020    Statute adopted by reference – Authority.

10.22.030    Additional authority to impound.

10.22.040    Impounding for traffic offense.

10.22.050    Notice to impound – Authority.

10.22.060    Redemption of vehicle.

10.22.070    Payment of charges – City not liable.

10.22.080    Records of impounded vehicles.

10.22.090    Statutes adopted by reference – Regulations generally.

10.22.100    Moving vehicle of another – Authorized under special conditions.

10.22.010 Vehicle defined.

“Vehicle,” as used in this chapter, shall have the meaning as that term is defined in Chapter 10.04 MICC, and in addition shall include the remains of any vehicle so long as identification can be made. (Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.22.020 Statute adopted by reference – Authority.

The following state statute is adopted by reference:

RCW

46.90.330    Authority to remove and impound vehicles on public property – Procedure.

(Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.22.030 Additional authority to impound.

A. Any vehicle parked, angle parked, or so used as to endanger any user or potential user of any street or way open to the public, or used in violation of the traffic code, is declared to be a nuisance which may be summarily abated by the impounding and removal of the vehicle as provided in this chapter.

B. Any vehicle which is stolen, or which is required by the police department for evidence of investigation, or which is unoccupied or unattended and in the judgment of any police officer in danger of being stripped or stolen, or any wrecked and unattended vehicle, may be impounded and removed as provided in this chapter. (Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.22.040 Impounding for traffic offense.

When an authorized police officer of the city impounds a vehicle for violation of the traffic provisions of this code, he shall attach to such vehicle a traffic violation ticket. (Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.22.050 Notice to impound – Authority.

The police officer so ordering impounding shall immediately notify the tow company, for towing and impounding such vehicles, of the location of the same. Such tow company shall thereupon be authorized to seize such vehicle and remove it to a garage or proper storage place. (Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.22.060 Redemption of vehicle.

No vehicle impounded for violation of the traffic code shall be released from the impounding garage until the owner or driver thereof has:

A. Furnished satisfactory evidence to the police department and the operator of the garage in which the vehicle was impounded of his identity and ownership, and agency if represented by an agent;

B. Signed written receipt for the vehicle. (Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.22.070 Payment of charges – City not liable.

All towing, hauling and storage charges on each vehicle impounded pursuant to this code shall be paid by the owner thereof or his/her agent if the vehicle is redeemed; provided, however, under appropriate circumstances the police chief may approve payment of a portion or all of such charges. (Ord. 06C-06 § 2; Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.22.080 Records of impounded vehicles.

The police department shall keep a record of all vehicles impounded by manufacturer’s trade name or make, motor number, state registration of license number, name of owner or other person claiming the same, and such other descriptive matter as may identify the vehicle, the reasons for and the date of the impounding thereof. (Ord. 06C-06 § 2; Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.22.090 Statutes adopted by reference – Regulations generally.

The following state statutes are adopted by reference:

RCW

46.90.335    Owner of record presumed liable for costs when vehicle abandoned – Exception.

46.90.340    Contract with registered disposer to dispose of vehicles and hulks – Compliance required.

46.90.345    Stolen and abandoned vehicles – Reports of notice – Disposition.

46.90.350    Removal and storage of vehicle or hulk – Lien – Notices – Contents.

46.90.355    Sale of unclaimed vehicle or hulk – Procedure – Proceeds – Deficiency.

46.90.360    Vehicle left in garage for storage – When deemed abandoned – Notices – Disposal.

46.90.365    Disposition of impounded vehicle – When vehicle deemed abandoned – Procedure.

16.24.065    Stock at large in areas – Unlawful.

16.24.070    Stock at large on highway right-of-way – Unlawful – Impounding.

(Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.22.100 Moving vehicle of another – Authorized under special conditions.

Any vehicle otherwise legally parked but obstructing access to a public utility manhole or pole, obstructing access to a drain inlet or sewer manhole, or obstructing passage of an oversized vehicular load may be moved under emergency conditions at the direction of a police officer by means of towing or otherwise to a location not to exceed 300 feet away from such interference. The police officer authorizing such parked vehicle to be moved shall affix a notice in writing to the vehicle on which shall be noted the location from which the vehicle has been moved and the location to which the vehicle has been moved and the reason for the move. Such tow shall be at the expense and liability of the person or utility making the request. The police department shall maintain a record of this information. (Ord. 06C-06 § 2; Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).