- Ewing Brothers at 1200 A Street, Las Vegas, NV 89106; (702) 382-9261;
- Quality Towing at 2024 Losee Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89030; (702) 649-5711;
- Fast Towing at 2220 N. Commerce St., North Las Vegas, NV 89030; (702) 383-3278;
- Around the Clock Towing at 600 W Bonanza Road, Las Vegas, NV 89106; (702) 378-5591; and
- Big Valley Towing at 2132 Commerce Street, Las Vegas, NV 89030; (702) 233-2869
People who do not know where their vehicle has been towed can call the police department at 311 or do an online search at AutoReturn.com.
Avoiding towing following a DUI arrest
After an arrest for driving under the influence, police officers may allow a non-intoxicated passenger to take the vehicle away. And in lucky cases, police permit the arrestee to phone family or friends to come by and take possession of the vehicle. Ultimately though, law enforcement has full discretion under Nevada law over whether to get a vehicle towed to an impoundment lot.
Choosing a towing company
People arrested for drunk driving can tell their officer which tow truck service and impound lot they prefer to use. Usually, this is whichever service that the arrestee’s car insurance company covers. The police will usually comply with this request. But in many cases the arrestee may be too intoxicated to communicate, and the police will choose which tow company to call.
Retrieving an impounded vehicle
The only person who can retrieve a vehicle following impound is the registered owner. It makes no difference if the registered owner is not the vehicle’s primary driver and is not named on the insurance. The registered owner must produce proof of legal title, such as registration papers or the actual title and a photo ID.
The registered owner must pay all storage fees not covered by insurance before the lot will release the vehicle. Impound companies usually accept cash, credit cards, money orders, and wire transfers. On average, impound fees are $30 a day, not including towing fees.
Cars that are never picked up will be auctioned off, usually after 30 days. The impound company will then sue the car owner for any outstanding fees not covered by the auction proceeds.
Note that when registered owners have their license suspended following a DUI arrest, they may be unable to drive away the car from the lot. So they would need to bring a licensed driver with them in order to lawfully retrieve the vehicle. The length of a driver’s license suspension depends on the case:
||Length of Nevada driver’s license revocation|
|1st DUI||185 days. But it is usually possible to get a restricted license with an ignition interlock device.|
|2nd DUI (within 7 years)||1 year. The DMV will not grant a restricted license.|
|Any felony DUI, including a 3rd DUI (within 7 years)||3 years. But a restricted license may be available following 1 year with an ignition interlock device.|
But it may be possible to contest a DUI license suspension at a DMV hearing, which is like a mini-trial entirely separate from the criminal DUI case.