Lincoln County Legal Counsel
Lincoln County Courthouse
225 West Olive Street, Room 110
Newport, Oregon 97365
tel: (541) 265-4108
fax: (541) 265-4176
In 1994, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners enacted Ordinance # 335 (codified as LCC 2.3000 and 2.3005), which was followed by companion city ordinances from all cities in Lincoln County, thus making the program county wide.
The Ordinance generally provides that a vehicle is subject to seizure and possible forfeiture if it is being driven by a person who is under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) and the person has at least one prior DUII the previous 10 years.
From August 5, 1994 (the date the Ordinance went into effect) to November 11, 2008, there have been 151 seizures (categories (2) and (3) above), of which 85 were administratively released, 65 were forfeited, and 1 is currently pending.
Once a vehicle has been forfeited, it is either auctioned, sold to a licensed wrecker, or sold through the State's surplus property program.