NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The "run and done" law went into effect in North Carolina at the end of 2011. Since, more than two dozen vehicles have been seized in New Hanover County.
Wilmington police corralled sixteen of the 26 vehicles. Three of those drivers ran from state troopers - one of them in a Winnebago.
Trooper Baxley said he followed a man driving recklessly for 8 miles on Interstate 40 in September 2012. That vehicle still sits in New Hanover County Sheriff's lot, along with half a dozen others.
Fleeing to elude is a felony crime that doesn't happen too often, according to Sergeant Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. He said the "run and done" law helps keep the incidents to a minimum.
"It'll hopefully help curtail people from putting others citizens in danger," he said.
The law gives law enforcement the authority to seize a vehicle of anyone accused of speeding away from an officer. Most are returned to the owner after the issue is handled in court. Some are even returned before the case is finished because the owner is not the one charged. In that case a person can petition the judge to release the vehicle.
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