A police agency which has taken a vehicle into custody shall do the following:
(a) Recheck to determine if the vehicle has been reported stolen;
(b) Within twenty-four (24) hours after taking the vehicle into custody, enter the vehicle as abandoned into the law enforcement information network;
(c) Within seven (7) days after taking the vehicle into custody, send to the registered owner and secured party, as shown by the records of the Secretary of State, by first class mail or personal service, notice that the vehicle has been deemed abandoned. The form for the notice shall be furnished by the Secretary of State. Each notice form shall contain the following information:
(1) The year, make and vehicle identification number of the vehicle, if available.
(2) The location from which the vehicle was taken into custody;
(3) The date on which the vehicle was taken into custody;
(4) The name and address of the police agency which had the vehicle taken into custody;
(5) The business address of the custodian of the vehicle;
(6) The procedure to redeem the vehicle;
(7) The procedure to contest the fact that the vehicle has been deemed abandoned or the reasonableness of the towing fees and daily storage fees;
(8) A form petition which the owner may file in person or by mail with the specified Court which requests a hearing on the police agency’s action;
(9) A warning that the failure to redeem the vehicle or to request a hearing within twenty (20) days after the date of the notice may result in the sale of the vehicle and the termination of all rights of the owner and the secured party to the vehicle to the proceeds of the sale.
(Ord. 2129, passed 5-19-1969; Ord. 2854, passed 9-27-1982; Ord. 2939, passed 2-11-1985)