A confiscated 2016 Jeep Wrangler valued at approximately $25,000 is being auctioned off by the Wellington police.
It was taken by the WPD last July following an arrestee’s fifth offense for driving under the influence, which was also the person’s third in the past year. Ohio law allows for vehicle confiscation on a third overall offense, according to chief Tim Barfield.
The vehicle will be put up for auction at www.govdeals.com. Proceeds from the auction must be put into the village’s law enforcement trust fund.
There are 14,000 miles on the Jeep’s odometer and about $6,000 worth of added options on it. It was paid for in full as a gift to the former owner from his father, which quickened the process of confiscation due to not having to go through a lien holder.
“I’m not big on property forfeiture, but in this case I supported it,” he said. “I think about $25,000 in legal fees were spent in trying to stop us from taking the vehicle, but after the fifth offense, the judge just wasn’t having it. The good news is the young man admitted he had a problem. He asked for help and is now getting help.”
Paperwork to move ahead with the sale was passed unanimously by village council.
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.