§ 459.08  Release of Impounded Vehicles
   (a)   Any vehicle which has been impounded pursuant to divisions (j) or (1) of Section 405.02 of these Codified Ordinances shall be released to the owner or other person lawfully entitled to possession upon the occurrence of one (1) of the following:
      (1)   If an answer to the summons and complaint is made and the answer admits the commission of the infraction, payment of the fines and penalties prescribed by Sections 459.11, 459.05, and 459.06 hereof, towing, storage, and impound fees, and administrative fees and costs shall be made with respect to the infraction for which the vehicle was impounded.
      (2)   If an answer to the summons and complaint is made and the answer admits with explanation the commission of the infraction, payment shall be made or a bond shall be posted or cash shall be deposited equal in amount to the payment specified in division (a)(1) of this section.
      (3)   If an answer to the summons and complaint is made and the answer denies the commission of the infraction, a bond shall be posted or cash shall be deposited equal in amount to the payment specified in division (a)(1) of this section.
      (4)   If no answer to the summons and complaint is made a bond shall be posted or cash shall be deposited equal in amount to the payment specified in division (a)(1) of this section, plus all potential additional penalties under Sections 459.05 and 459.06.
   (b)   No vehicle shall be released pursuant to this section unless the person claiming ownership or lawful possession pays:
      (1)   All unpaid parking infraction judgments and default judgments and all unpaid notices of liability under Section 413.031 for red light or speeding violations, provided that the notices of liability under Section 413.031 are not on appeal, that are owed by the person claiming the vehicle; and
      (2)   All unpaid judgments or default judgments for parking infraction offenses and all unpaid notices of liability under Section 413.031 for red light or speeding violations, provided that the notices of liability under Section 413.031 are not on appeal, that were committed with any vehicle that had the same license plate number as the vehicle being claimed.
   (c)   No vehicle shall be released pursuant to this section unless the person claiming ownership or lawful possession produces proof of identity and ownership.
   (d)   Any bond posted or cash deposited for the release of a vehicle under this section shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).
(Ord. No. 645-06, § 2. Passed 6-12-06, eff. 6-16-06)