Washington State DUI

Seattle Municipal Code Provisions

Arrest Power & Vehicle Impoundment

SMC 11.56.010 Arrest powers.

A peace officer may arrest a person without a warrant if the officer has probable cause to believe that such person has committed a crime as defined in this chapter.

SMC 11.30.105 Impoundment of vehicle where driver is arrested for a violation of Section 11.56.320 B or C or Section 11.56.020 -- Period of impoundment.

A. Whenever the driver of a vehicle who is also the registered owner of the vehicle is arrested for a violation of Section 11.56.020, 11.56.320 B or C, the vehicle is subject to impoundment at the direction of a police officer. For purposes of this subsection, "arrested" includes, but is not limited to, being temporarily detained under Section 12A.02.140 B and served with a citation and notice to appear pursuant to Section 12A.02.140 C and RCW 46.64.015.

B. Reserved.

C. Reserved.

D. If a vehicle is impounded because the driver is arrested for a violation of Section 11.56.320 B or C and the Washington Department of Licensing's records show that the driver has not been convicted of a violation of RCW 46.20.342(1)(a) or (b) or similar local ordinance within the past five (5) years, the vehicle shall be impounded for thirty (30) days.

E. If a vehicle is impounded because the driver is arrested for a violation of Section 11.56.320 B or C and the Washington Department of Licensing's records show that the driver has been convicted one (1) time of a violation of RCW 46.20.342(1)(a) or (b) or similar local ordinance once within the past five (5) years, the vehicle shall be impounded for sixty (60) days.

F. If a vehicle is impounded because the driver is arrested for a violation of Section 11.56.320 B or C and the Washington Department of Licensing's records show that the driver has been convicted of a violation of RCW 46.20.342(1)(a) or (b) or similar local ordinance two (2) or more times within the past five (5) years, the vehicle shall be impounded for ninety (90) days.


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