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(1) No person other than an officer of the city may remove or attempt to remove the device, or move or attempt to move the vehicle, before it is released by the police department or the clerk of the municipal court in accordance with this section. If the device has been removed, or the vehicle has been moved, in violation of this subsection, in addition to the issuance of a citation for the violation, a parking control officer, community service specialist or police officer of the city may order the impoundment of the vehicle. After the vehicle has been impounded, the city shall provide notice as provided under section 5.697 of this code and the administrative rules adopted under section 5.695 of this code.

(2) A vehicle shall be released and the temporary immobilization device removed when the owner, operator or person in charge of the vehicle:

(a) Posts bail and pays all fines and bail for parking citations issued against the vehicle, its operator or owner; or

(b) Presents clear and convincing information to an employe of the city designated by the municipal judge to receive such information, that the present owner of the vehicle did not own the immobilized vehicle at the time the parking citations were issued that established the violation of section 5.231, or that the bail and fines for parking citations that establish the violation of section 5.231 have been paid before the vehicle was temporarily immobilized.

(3) The city employe designated by the municipal judge as provided in subsection (2) of this section may for good cause extend the time limit the temporary immobilization device is left attached to a vehicle before it is towed and stored provided the owner, in writing, assumes all risk of damage to the vehicle while it remains immobilized. The extension of the time limit shall not exceed an additional 24 hours, excluding Sundays and holidays.

(Section 5.705 amended by Ordinance No. 16487, enacted May 22, 1972, and Ordinance No. 18937, enacted March 8, 1982; and Ordinance No. 20023, enacted September 18, 1995, effective October 18, 1995.)