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Old 24.10.2017, 14:24
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

Ah fun, another drip drip drip thread by the op.

you crashed and buggered off (no wonder they are being a bit funny with you), I assume the police arranged for your car to be removed from the scene - was it driveable ?

What did the police say when you went in?

What does your insurance co. say?

Why are you still here???

get on a plane and let your insurance co. recover the car back to the uk.
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Old 24.10.2017, 14:24
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Alternately he could just wait until Friday, on which day we omniscient EFers will reveal all the secrets of how to recover an abandoned car which the police took for no good reason whatsoever.
I did that once in the US when I was 17 (friend's car, he was 19).

But I will wait until Friday.

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Old 24.10.2017, 14:27
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Yes, it is.

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According to the law, a hit-and-run involves only personal injuries and not material damage. Someone causing a ding and running off is guilty of "failing their duty to report". This is punishable with a fine.
https://en.comparis.ch/autoversicher...flucht-schweiz

Given that Comparis on this forum is often considered a valid source I refrain from finding the exact law.

So it is not a hit and run.

Also this was already discussed in the previous topic of which I am certain that you read it, so your posting makes no sense to me.

Maybe next time you care to read up before groaning at people.
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Old 24.10.2017, 14:31
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

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Yes, it is.

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The way I understood the OP's description it was more of a scratch and scarper than a hit and run.
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Old 24.10.2017, 15:44
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Is it called Roderick by any chance?
Welease Woderick!
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Old 24.10.2017, 15:48
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

"a hit-and-run is the act of causing a traffic accident and not stopping afterwards"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hit_and_run

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"a hit-and-run is the act of causing a traffic accident and not stopping afterwards"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hit_and_run

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Sigh....

We are in Switzerland, and Swiss law is clear about this not being a hit and run, what Wikipedia thinks of that is of no interest for the Police, OP and this topic.

So that leaves failure to report, but it is unclear if they want to fine for such or if this is even the case.
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Old 24.10.2017, 16:07
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

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Then why are they doing DNA testing?

"The officer replied saying is had been sequestered for DNA analysis."

Possibly, the situation is a bit more complicated than stated by OP.

Perhaps, involving an animal, thus the DNA testing and thus hit-and-run.

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Old 24.10.2017, 16:23
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Then why are they doing DNA testing?

"The officer replied saying is had been sequestered for DNA analysis."
We don't know, for sure, that they are doing DNA testing. As far as I understood, Gwyndalin does not speak French, and likewise it could be that the police officers don't necessarily speak English [well].

@Gwyndalin, unless you go down to the police station (or hire a lawyer) and ask the police to put their reason in writing, as ASwissInTheUS wrote in post 17, you will not know exactly why they are holding your car. Nor whether DNA is any part of their so doing. Please let us know, once you know. Thanks.
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Old 24.10.2017, 16:40
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

Don't forget the car has foreign plates: this car might now be being tested for road worthiness.

In Munich at 2am, I once had a very small scrape, and as I had drunk two beers, I gave the other driver my insurance "Green Card" and told him in front of a witness I accepted full responsibilty. (I was turning right in heavy rain, and an idiot tried to pass me, on my right side, my rear wing touched his front bumper. No personal injuries.)

The other driver said he needed to call the police, I told him not to be silly, and drove off. 15 minutes later I was stopped, arrested, taken for a blood test, charged, and my driving license & car were impounded. I took a taxi home.

I was charged by the Munich police with
1. leaving the scene of an accident without authority
2. driving with alcohol in blood
3. not being in control of the vehicle

About 5 days later the police laboratory technician informed me I only had 0.45 mg alcohol in my one litre of blood - good news, way under the then limit of 0.8 mg.

About another 7 days passed before I received a letter from the public prosecutor. A judge decided I was innocent of all charges!

Altogether about 30 policemen were occupied with my "crimes". I could not drive for 2 weeks, which put my Customer Service job in danger, and the other idiot never made an insurance claim. I could not claim any compensation, as the legal limit is 0.1 mg alcohol in 1 litre of blood. Today, under 0.5 mg you are not normally charged, but it is still illegal to drive after drinking any alcohol.

Never under estimate the stupidty of people! Today I always wait with the car, if needed!
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Old 24.10.2017, 16:50
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

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I wonder what make of car it is, a Weliant Wobin perhaps?
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Old 24.10.2017, 16:50
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

Who cares whether it's strictly speaking considered a hit and run, Wiki says yes, Switzerland presumably says no, we might never know.

Wasn't it a foreign car? Even if not, no papers, taking off after an accident,at the very least alcohol/drug testing (or even DNA which would lead to the assumption that OP is not telling the whole truth) - well all in all, OP's situation isn't exactly a no-fuss and straightforward one. I'm guessing there will be quite a bit of reports from various institutions and insurance work involved. Approx. 7 working days is nothing. As they also said: we'll call you when we're ready. They have not called. Conclusion: the car is not ready. Mystery solved.
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Old 24.10.2017, 16:52
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

Even though it it not ready, Samaire, if it were me, I would want to understand WHY the police were keeping my car.
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Old 24.10.2017, 16:55
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Even though it it not ready, Samaire, if it were me, I would want to understand WHY the police were keeping my car.
Maybe they said and he didn't understand? OP speaks apparently zero French. My guess is they speak limited English and can't be bothered to explain.
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

My guess agrees with yours. That's why I think ASwissInTheUS is right to ask for the reasons in writing.
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Old 24.10.2017, 19:12
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

My guess is they believe the vehicle has been involved with other unreported crimes, hence the DNA analysis.
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Old 24.10.2017, 19:16
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

Your car is home. It was deported for it was without documents (but due to the number plates a "laissez passer" could be issued) and no asylum reason could be applied.
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

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https://en.comparis.ch/autoversicher...flucht-schweiz

Given that Comparis on this forum is often considered a valid source I refrain from finding the exact law.
But the next sentence on that page says

It is also considered hit-and-run to initially remain on the scene if involved in an accident but to then leave before the police arrive.

Further up the page they imply that an accident doesn't have to have an injured party by referencing accidents both with and without injuries.

So, I'm afraid that you will have to find the exact law or suffer eternal humiliation.

BTW, this thread is a great troll. It fulfilled the prime troll objective of getting forum regulars to fight like cats in a sack. Kudos sir (or madam); you are an artist.
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Old 24.10.2017, 20:20
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Your car is home. It was deported for it was without documents (but due to the number plates a "laissez passer" could be issued) and no asylum reason could be applied.
If OP is lucky, the car gets extradited to the Uk?
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Re: Why Wont the Police Release my car

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Yes, it is.

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No, it wasn't... it was a hit and walk...

OP - don't know why your car won't be released or whether you will be charged, just wanted to say accident happen and as a result, sh!t happens. Nothing you can do about it. If you want a bit more clarity, hire a lawyer as suggested by other members.
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