18 Comments for this article

Tags: , , , ,

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Last night we told you about a new law that lets law enforcement seize and sell cars that lead them on chases.

There are a handful of cases in New Hanover County that have fallen under the “Run and You’re Done” law. So far, though, none have paid off.

“The ten cases that we have seen in which the car came to our impound lot have been returned either back to the owner of the car or back to the lienholder of the car,” New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said.

Then if you run are you really done? The District Attorney’s office says each case must go through the judicial process before the final decision is made to release or sell a car that started a police chase.

John Coleman has dealt with this issue as a defense attorney. He says a defendant can pay a bond double the value of the vehicle and get it back until trial.

“I don’t believe anyone so far has actually posted double the cash amount of the value of the vehicle in order to have it returned,” Coleman said.

If convicted, though, that vehicle will be sold.

In one case in New Hanover County the charges were reduced, and the suspect got his car back. But in most of the county’s cases, the cars were returned because they did not belong to the people arrested for starting the chase.

“Two of the vehicles the lienholders petitioned and got the vehicle back,” Coleman said, “and then in another four of the cases, I believe after checking with the clerk’s office, the innocent owners came in and got the vehicles released to them.”

Law enforcement says “Run and You’re Done” is similar to certain DWI cases, where they can seize and sell your car.

If and when law enforcement does sell a chase vehicle the money won’t go back to the agency. Instead it all goes toward the county school district.

Comment on this Story

Leave a Reply

18 Comments on "‘Run and You’re Done’ law hasn’t yet paid out in New Hanover Co."

2015 years 10 months ago

They Learn these tactics from the Moffia…. Take out the profit from Law enforment it a crime.

2015 years 10 months ago

Do you get the sense that Police have a genuine haterd toward people. I mean, if a person is guilty of a crime. Is’t fines, Jail along with all the ligal stuff enough punishment. Just add more time to the jail time if not. Anyway. A law to take personal property from families of criminals and sale it for profit aint going to stop crime. No Law stop Crime. This has become a business for profit for the Police and has gone out of control. Tell me why then, if seat belts are so important to saving lives, then why dont school bus have them. I tell you that the profit for police business needs to stop. No Differnt the the Stamp Act 1765, or the Boston Tea Party.

2015 years 10 months ago

WWAY why have you censored my post, You know better. I will let the other outlet know.

2015 years 10 months ago

run and done is a joke. if they really want to do something, pass a law that puts the offender away for 25 years, no chance for parole. a high speed chase is the same as aiming a gun down the road and pulling the trigger. innocent people’s lives are endangered.

2015 years 10 months ago

Let some idiotic, drug addicted or drunk lunatic use your car and YOU will have your pants sued off if he injures someone.

This law should give the cars back to the owners AFTER they pay a flat $1000 storage fee. It will teach them a lesson, to be particular who they lend their car to.

2015 years 10 months ago

I was pulled over once and the cop said to me, “What is wrong with you, why didn’t you pull over before, why were you running?” I said, “I pulled over as soon as I saw you” Today if that was to happin, I would have lost my car. This is abuse of power and Aauthorty. Soon the Law Enforcemnt will be making money by selling peopls property and get this…People will still be paying the balance on a vehicle that they don’t have.

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 10 months ago

Well maybe people will stop running. How is it an abuse of AUTHORITY?? Law ENFORCEMENT does not get the money. So please explain, and learn how to spell prior to doing so.

2015 years 10 months ago

that is an attemp to Legally Steal for profit. Why didn’t I get the chance to vote before such a Law can be written.

2015 years 10 months ago

… which are prohibited from voting AND you don’t have enough common sense to even understand what this new law is even about!

2015 years 10 months ago

Goes to the school distric,,,,hahahahah… You have lied about that so many times already….hahahaha Look into the files: Lotto, ABC Tax, Stop Light Camra, It always last for a few months and when no one is looking the money is redirected to the General Fund. Lier Lier Lier pant on Fire…

2015 years 10 months ago

Greedy Stealing Thuggs, Get the word out to all the Tourist.

2015 years 10 months ago

Go ahead Einstein! Advertise this all you want! As a matter of fact, I’ll give you all of the help you need. People that run from the police are called “criminals”. They have committed a criminal act to get blue lighted. They will commit another criminal act by invoking a police chase and further endangering the general public.

“CRIMINALS”…get it? So if CRIMINALS want to come here and have their property seized, WE do not want them here. Is that single brain cell of yours starting to glow a little yet?

2015 years 10 months ago

So, this is how they will pay for the speed boat and Hilocopter

2015 years 10 months ago

No, If you read the whole story, right at the end it tells you it goes to the school district.

2015 years 10 months ago

They Just wrongfully fired the Anamil Control Director with a 21 year spotless record and took her salery and replace her with Ken Sarvis who spends all his day riding around the Black river Hunting Club, whitch is in Pender Co in the New Hanover Co Sheriff Truck. They got plenty of money.

2015 years 10 months ago

when you have buddies in se nc you can fly high so to speak.

more accountability on tickets and who gets kickbacks.

have a custody chain

make a laborer do the same time as politician

2015 years 10 months ago

Felons are NOT prohibited to vote in NC. Once a felon completes their sentance they can vote. About the only right a felon loses is the right to have a firearm and then after 20 years they may get that right back.

2015 years 10 months ago

you Cop Moffia thugg, you accused me wrong, i’m no lawbreaker, And you are correct, the Law is forced down my throat before i had a chance to hear of it, you are the Punk. Who Said: A Free people ought not only be armed and displined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of indipendance from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own Government. (George Washington) Looks like to me it is about time to get a few farmers together and declar the current Authority is Null And Void as it happined in 1765.


Related News

John Thomas Barnette (Source: District Attorney Ben David)
12 hours ago
0 Comments for this article
Man pleads guilty to rape at Carolina Beach motel
Read More»
Joseph Jaquante Holmes (Source: New Hanover Co. Jail)
14 hours ago
0 Comments for this article
Suspicious person call leads to officer assault
Read More»
Josh Proutey (pictured with his mom) was killed in December of 2012. (Source: Proutey family)
2 days ago
0 Comments for this article
City settles lawsuit with slain teen’s family
Read More»