NC authorities impounding cars if drivers flee

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — North Carolina law enforcement agencies are applying a new state law that allows authorities to confiscate vehicles that try to elude officers.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports that New Hanover County agencies have seized 10 vehicles since the law took effect in December.

The law directs authorities to impound vehicles if a driver is charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest. If the driver is found guilty, the car is auctioned off and the profit goes to the local school system. Vehicles are returned if the suspect is found innocent.

Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith says although the law is new, he hpes it will get the attention of motorists not to flee a flashing police light since high-speed pursuits are very dangerous.

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