After being arrested for DUI, the police officer has the discretion to choose one of three methods to deal with your motor vehicle:
- In some cases, the arresting officer will ask you if a sober friend or relative can arrive within twenty minutes to pick up your car;
- If your car is in a secure location and parked in a lawful manner, the arresting officer may elect to simply lock your car and leave it, to be retrieved by you at a later time. If this method is employed, your car keys will be returned to you with the rest of your personal property when you are released from the Pinellas County Jail. To determine the location of your vehicle, you need simply refer to the document charging you with DUI, which will reflect the location where you were arrested.
- In many cases, the arresting officer will have your car towed by a wrecker to a tow yard. It will remain stored there until such time as you pick it up after your release from the Pinellas county jail. If your vehicle was towed, it is important to act quickly. Not only will you be charged a fee for the towing service, but you will accumulate storage fees for each day the car remains in the lot. This is an example of a “hidden cost” the government has imposed on people arrested for Driving Under the Influence.