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Former sheriff fighting DWI car seizure

Posted on May 11th, 2014 at 13:44 by John Sinteur in category: Boo hoo poor you -- Write a comment


Sylvia Solano, 21, had just driven a white BMW convertible into a brick wall in a sleepy south side neighborhood.

Solano was taken to jail, arrested after blowing a .24 on a breathalyzer. The BMW was taken to the city impound lot.

Because it was Sylvia Solano’s second DWI, the city kept the wrecked car under the city’s DWI forfeiture law and moved to seize and sell it.

But the car isn’t Sylvia’s. It’s her dad Greg Solano’s car.

“On this night I hadn’t loaned it to her,” said Greg Solano. “I didn’t know she was taking it.”


It’s ironic he would have his car seized because as sheriff, Solano pushed for the county to get a DWI forfeiture ordinance of its own.

Because Solano says he didn’t give his daughter the keys nor know she was even drinking, he appealed to the city to be considered an innocent owner and get his car back.

The hearing officer denied him.


“This has changed my perspective on it a lot,” Solano said. “Not just because my car was taken but because the whole process just seemed so stacked against you and seemed so unfair.”


  1. If this had been a gun, would he have had it returned?

  2. The report said that he didn’t know she was drinking, not that he didn’t know she had taken the car. If he knew it was taken without permission then he should have reported it stolen. He could have then legally gotten it back.

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