It goes without saying that everyone gets upset when they are arrested
for a DWI. The arresting officer rarely treats the person with respect.
Additionally, as a
Houston DWI Attorney, I routinely watch the videos where the arrestee makes the request to
the police officer to allow someone to come pick up their vehicle before
one of the vultures, namely tow truck drivers, take the car to the local
impound lot. This is annoying, expensive, and unnecessary.
The police officer has the choice to leave the car at a secure location,
even to call a friend or family member to come pick up the vehicle before
it is impounded. It is callous when the officer knows that someone is
available to retrieve the vehicle especially if the arresteee is only
a mile or so from their home. Houston police agencies should develop a
policy of allowing someone to retrieve the vehicle during a DWI arrest
instead of allowing the tow truck drivers, impound lots from profiting.