Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that if a motor vehicle is used to evade a peace officer in violation of this Code and the officer stops his or her pursuit of the vehicle for reason of safety and the peace officer is unable to ascertain the identity of the driver of the vehicle, a peace officer upon finding the vehicle may authorize the towing and impoundment of the vehicle or the placement of a vehicle immobilization device on the vehicle until a civil penalty of $100, in addition to the towing and impoundment charges or vehicle immobilization charges, are paid by the owner of the vehicle to the unit of government whose officer had the vehicle towed and impounded or immobilized. Provides that the charges and penalty are waived if the owner of the motor vehicle identifies the driver of the vehicle who eluded the peace officer.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill with the following changes: (1) provides that vehicles subject to towing and impoundment or immobilization include vehicles used in leaving the scene of an accident; (2) eliminates provision that the charges and penalty do not apply if the owner identifies the driver of the vehicle who eluded the peace officer; and (3) provides that if the vehicle used to commit the offense is stolen, the owner is relieved of any liability under these provisions and the vehicle shall be immediately released to the owner.
House Floor Amendment No. 3 Provides that an automobile is exempt from the penalties of the amendatory Act if its owner or interest holder is not legally accountable for the conduct giving rise to the vehicle immobilization or tow, did not acquiesce in it, and did not know and could not reasonably have known of the conduct or that the conduct was likely to occur, or did not solicit, conspire, or attempt to commit the conduct giving rise to the vehicle immobilization or tow.