In Texas, They'll Seize Your Car, Then Drive it

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We don't particularly like this. By and large, smuggling tends to be an open-and-shut case. You're caught with something you shouldn't have in your vehicle that came from somewhere else, and well, that's generally it. Property seizures are the norm in such cases, but Goliad County, Texas officials have taken things a step further. They've been lending seized cars out to county officials. Frankly, though, we believe once a vehicle has been seized, it should be left unmolested until the perp is convicted and then auctioned off. If officials are driving vehicles owned by not-yet convicted people who are in custody awaiting or on trial? (Which isn't implicitly clear in the Houston Chronicle article we're drawing from.) That's abuse.

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Lending of seized cars is questioned [Houston Chronicle]

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Texas is full of interesting places, both completely awesome-awesome locales and entirely frightening ones. I think the gas-station/Plymouth Prowler-in-Ozona incident takes the cake, though. That scene was even closer to Deliverance than the hotel bar in Birmingham. (The hotel was much creepier than being out in the wilds with a bunch of mud-and-rock obsessed gearheads with a beer in one hand and a Jeep in the other - copperheads and water moccasins be damned.) I grew up with California rednecks. Hell, I was in a metal band, had a mullet and drove an El Camino, all at the same time. But in the southern states, that shit goes to 11. And while it can be either menacing or charming, it kind of freaks me out either way. Interesting sociological/anthro study on one hand. On the other hand, these people have the right to vote in my country. Eek.