GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-4000
A vehicle used by a person arrested in the City of Portland for the offense of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants may be seized and impounded. The period of impoundment shall be sufficient to give the Bureau of Police a reasonable period of time to determine whether the person arrested has been previously convicted of or forfeited bail or security for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants in violation of the laws of Oregon or of any other jurisdiction, or has been previously convicted of or forfeited bail or security for murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide or assault that resulted from the operation of a motor vehicle in Oregon or another jurisdiction. The vehicles of persons with such a criminal record are subject to forfeiture under state law.
The Bureau of Police is authorized to initiate an investigation in pertinent state and national records databases for information relevant to making the determination described in 14B.40.010 and to compile that information in a readily accessible database.
The Bureau of Police is authorized to develop implementing procedures under this Chapter and to develop a fee structure which ensures that to the extent possible, the Bureau's costs and expenses in undertaking impoundment and investigation are paid by the person arrested for DUII, or other person or entity seeking to recover the vehicle.