Utah Code Title 41. Motor Vehicles § 41-6a-527. Seizure and impoundment of vehicles by peace officers--Impound requirements--Removal of vehicle by owner

(1) If a peace officer arrests, cites, or refers for administrative action the operator of a vehicle for violating Section 41-6a-502 , 41-6a-517 , 41-6a-518.2 , 41-6a-520 , 41-6a-530 , 41-6a-606 , 53-3-231 , Subsections 53-3-227(3)(a)(i) through (vi), Subsection 53-3-227(3)(a)(ix), or a local ordinance similar to Section 41-6a-502 which complies with Subsection 41-6a-510(1), the peace officer shall seize and impound the vehicle in accordance with Section 41-6a-1406 , except as provided under Subsection (2).

(2) If a registered owner of the vehicle, other than the operator, is present at the time of arrest, the peace officer may release the vehicle to that registered owner, but only if:

(a) the registered owner:

(i) requests to remove the vehicle from the scene;  and

(ii) presents to the peace officer sufficient identification to prove ownership of the vehicle or motorboat;

(b) the registered owner identifies a driver with a valid operator's license who:

(i) complies with all restrictions of his operator's license;  and

(ii) would not, in the judgment of the officer, be in violation of Section 41-6a-502 , 41-6a-517 , 41-6a-518.2 , 41-6a-520 , 41-6a-530 , 53-3-231 , or a local ordinance similar to Section 41-6a-502 which complies with Subsection 41-6a-510(1) if permitted to operate the vehicle;  and

(c) the vehicle itself is legally operable.

(3) If necessary for transportation of a motorboat for impoundment under this section, the motorboat's trailer may be used to transport the motorboat.


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