On September 10th, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued their ruling on the case of Matthew Nielsen. Nielsen pled guilty to driving while impaired, or DWI (DUI in Minnesota), following an April 2011 stop by Minneapolis police. It was Nielsen’s fourth DWI in a two-year span.
Following his 2011 stop, the Minneapolis Police Department seized Nielsen’s vehicle to prevent him from driving drunk in the near future. Nielsen sued the police department, citing the Minnesota Constitution. In Nielsen’s argument, he claims, “the state cannot acquire his car through forfeiture or that if it can, it must pay him the value of the forfeited car.”
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