EDMONTON - Edmonton police have seized a man's SUV over an alleged road rage encounter before his criminal charges have been dealt with by the courts.
In what could be a first in Alberta, Supt. Kevin Galvin says police took the man's vehicle away because he is a problem driver and a risk to public safety.
Galvin says police have investigated nine separate road rage incidents involving the man.
Police seized the car after an April incident where a driver of one vehicle allegedly attempted to force another vehicle off of the road and then threatened the other driver.
Galvin says police seized the car after consulting with the provincial government using a law called the Victims Restitution and Compensation Payment Act of Alberta.
The name of the man and the charges he faces were not released.
"Civil forfeiture of a vehicle is an option to deal with a driver who poses a risk to public safety," Galvin said in a release Tuesday.
"This procedure has not previously been used in cases of this kind. However, in an effort to reduce violence and in this case the use of a vehicle in dangerous and violent behaviour on our roadways, the Edmonton Police Service is pursuing this avenue of investigation.” (The Canadian Press, CHED)
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