By Adam Carter, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) — If you stay sober behind the wheel, you’ll be able to keep it.

The Hastings Police Department is auctioning off a classic Mustang this weekend that they took possession of last year when the owner was convicted of DWI.

“It’s a 1969 Ford Mustang two-door coupe, black in color,” Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell said with the enthusiasm of a seasoned car dealer. “The body is in reasonable shape.”

He said the owner removed some parts from the car before police finally took possession of it. But Schnell said with a little elbow grease, someone can turn it into a beauty.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the department.

“We’re not in the car business,” said Schnell. “We thought it best to get this car out, and somebody who is a collector (can) use it. And obviously the proceeds would come back and we can use that.”

A viewing will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday before the 10 a.m. auction at the Hastings Police Department.

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Comments (4)
  1. WJ says:

    First and foremost drinking and driving is wrong and the perps should be punished, BUT it seems if you have money you end up paying and giving up waaaaaay more than the those that don’t have a pot to p**s in! Seems like those with nothing to lose continue their criminal activities with little to no remorse or punishment. Do those that have 2, 4, 6, 10, 13, 18 etc… DUI’s forfeit their cars each time they are caught? Driving impaired is WRONG WRONG WRONG, but everyone should be treated equally. If the repeat offenders lose their car after each offense than I’m OK this this dude losing his Pony…if not, the system is more broken than we even know…..

    1. KT says:

      Yes, repeat offenders lose their vehicles. Doesn’t matter the value. There is a chance to appeal, in case you’re driving some one elses’ vehicle. But it is a challenge to have to not confiscated.
      People with more money tend to get off eaasier since they can get better lawyers and argue it better.

  2. Kent says:

    He took parts off it before Police took possession? How is that possible?
    Excuse me officer, I need to yank my rear view mirror and the 4 barreled carburetor..

    1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

      I imagine that one has to be convicted before police can sieze and that he was out on bail.

      The police arrest the guy, he calls a friend of family neighbor to pick up the car for him while he sits in the slammer, and voila.

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