Can I legally remove Dad's car?

Tawni asked...

Is it illegal for a family member to take (remove) a parent's car from their garage? My step-dad drives drunk and is 79 years old. He won't listen to anyone about not driving. I don't want an innocent person hurt because of him. I just wasn't sure if he could call the police and report the car stolen and have me arrested.

Expert Answer

Elizabeth Dugan, a Fellow of the Gerontology Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston, is the author of Driving Dilemma: The Complete Resource Guide for Older Drivers and Their Families.

Boy this is a sticky situation. I recommend talking this over informally with your local law enforcement officials. Unfortunately they have to deal with drunk driving every day and may have some advice on how to keep your step-dad safely off the road.