CARY – The towing of a vehicle because of a criminal violation will cost the owner a $500 tow fee, the Village Board decided Tuesday.
The board approved the administrative tow fee to help pay costs related to an investigation, arrest or detention of an offender.
The tow fee will be in addition to any towing company fees and the cost of storing an impounded vehicle.
People who are charged with driving under the influence; using the motor vehicle to commit a felony crime; using the motor vehicle while violating the Controlled Substance Act; using an unlawful weapon; driving while a license is revoked, suspended, expired or never issued; among other things, could face the administrative tow fee.
It will be charged to the registered owner of the vehicle and must be paid before a person can get back a vehicle.
The village established the tow fee as it sets up its administrative adjudication program, which it hopes to have running in March.
The village tow fee won’t go into effect until the administrative adjudication program is up and running, Police Chief Steven Casstevens said.
Violators may appeal the village tow fee in an administrative adjudication hearing.
The amount a person is charged to get a car out of impound varies from tow company to tow company, Casstevens said. In cases other than DUIs, a licensed driver who is not arrested in an incident can drive the vehicle away if the owner allows it.
The cost of an arrest goes far beyond the tow fee, Casstevens said. When an arrest is made, it includes fingerprinting, photographing, writing reports, making copies of reports for attorneys, and paying the officer to appear in court, either while on duty or overtime.
“Essentially it’s the offender reimbursing the village the cost of being arrested,” Casstevens said.
“The key here is don’t drive with a revoked license or drive while intoxicated,” he said.
New sergeant appointed
For the first time in 10 years, Cary has promoted an officer to sergeant. Officer Scott Naydenoff officially received his promotion at Tuesday’s Village Board meeting. He will work the midnight shift.
The village had not promoted a new sergeant in 10 years because there had been no retirements, Casstevens said.
The Village Board recently created an administrative sergeant’s position to handle administrative adjudication duties, evidence and equipment, among other things.
Current midnight shift Sgt. Jim Fillmore will be transferred to investigations, and investigations Sgt. Ed Synek will be the new administrative sergeant.