My question involves personal property located in the State of: Iowa,
Car towed after arrest.
Owner told only she can get car out of impound.
Car sits until bail is made.
Accrues storage charges that could be in excess of car value.
No evedentury police hold on vehicle
Side bar (I later learn she could have had Boyfriend retrieve car with notorized permission.)
Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.89 [b]
I cannot tell if there is a clear separation between holding the vehicle and holding the personal property in the car at the time of the arrest.
Her passport (as well as other ID) is in the car and I find it hard to believe they can hold a US Passport hostage.
Tow rep stated unequivocally that all charges must be paid for release of either personal property or vehicle.
Is there a distinction between vehicle and PP in Iowa?
We may consider her to abandon the vehicle but what are Tow Co rights on personal property?