Whenever a vehicle has been stopped, parked or left standing
upon any part of a highway or constitutes an obstruction to the
restoration of traffic flow as the result of an accident or other
emergency, any police officer or employee of the Division of
Highways, duly authorized by the commissioner, may remove or order
the removal of the vehicle, by towing or otherwise, to the nearest
available established garage or parking lot for storage until
called for by the owner or his or her agent. The owner is liable
for the reasonable cost of removal and storage, and until payment
of the cost the garage or parking lot operator may retain
possession of the vehicle subject to a lien for the amount due.
The garage or parking lot operator may enforce his or her lien for
towing and storage in the manner provided in section fourteen,
article eleven, chapter thirty-eight of this code for the
enforcement of other liens.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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