City to return Albuquerque man’s classic car after 10 years


An Albuquerque man says he is getting his classic 1970 Chevy returned to him a decade after officers seized it and said earlier this year they were going to turn it into a show car.

KOB-TV reports Leo Martinez’s 1970 SS Chevy Chevelle 454 was seized in 2009 under a once widely used law enforcement tactic that has since been ruled unconstitutional.

Martinez’s car was seized under an asset forfeiture program after he was pulled over on suspicion of drinking while driving. He pleaded guilty to a DWI and spent nine months in jail.

He says he could not locate his car until March when he saw a Facebook photo saying the city had it.

He sued the city. Police tell KOB-TV the car will be returned to Martinez.


Information from: KOB-TV,

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