ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man who’s been fighting the City of Albuquerque, to stop them from seizing vehicles from suspected drunk drivers, just lost his car Wednesday after his a DWI conviction. Colin Hunter is one of the attorneys who filed a class action lawsuit against the city to try to put a stop the the Albuquerque DWI Forfeiture Ordinance.
“APD’s vehicle seizing program is a classic textbook example of policing for profit,” Hunter told KRQE New 13 a year ago referring to the millions the city has made auctioning thousands of seized vehicles.
The ordinance says Albuquerque Police can confiscate a suspected drunk driver’s vehicle, even before they’re found guilty in court, if they already have a DWI conviction. Stan Harada, the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer says the program has seized 24,000 vehicles in the past 15 years.
In December 2014, police seized Hunter’s 2008 Nissan 350Z coupe. Last Friday he pleaded guilty to the DWI charge. It was his third conviction. His first was in 2001. The second was in 2006.
Wednesday, Hunter was to appear in front of a city hearing officer but just before the seizure hearing he decided not to fight it and forfeited his sports car.
Hunter did not return a KRQE News 13 call for comment. His lawsuit is still pending.