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(A) Any police officer may impound any stolen or abandoned vehicle or any vehicle involved in an accident or which is driven by a person under the influence of liquor, or which is parked at a place where parking is prohibited, or which is parked for more than one hour in excess of the time allowed for parking in any place, or which has been involved in two or more violations of traffic ordinances for which citation tags have been issued and not presented as required by § 70.41. Any person desiring to redeem an impounded vehicle held and stored by the city shall first pay to the city any outstanding towing and storage fees. Those fees will not exceed fees as set by the state standards for commercial towing and impounding operations. In addition the city may charge and be paid for any services performed by the city in order to properly maintain the impounded vehicle.
(B) If the impounded vehicle is sold in accordance with the provisions of division (D) of this section the charges in division (A) of this section shall be deducted from the proceeds of the sale before the proceeds are paid to the general fund.
(C) If the owner of an impounded automobile files with the Chief of Police a statement under oath that the automobile had been stolen and abandoned by the thief, or that the automobile had been disabled, the Mayor, with the recommendation of the Chief of Police, shall have the power to remit all or any part of the storage or impounding charge.
(D) Whenever any vehicle which has been impounded by a police officer remains in the possession of the city, unclaimed by any person having the right to the possession of that vehicle, for a period of 90 days, the vehicle shall be sold under the direction of the Chief of Police at public auction to the highest bidder, after giving notice thereof by advertisement, published once a week for two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the city.
('91 Code, § 70.46) (Ord. 1901-1954, passed 1-21-54; Am. Ord. 2369, passed 12-16-76; Am. Ord. 04-3181, passed 8-19-04)