A police department may take into custody any motor vehicle found abandoned, immobile, or unattended on public or private property. In such connection, a police department may employ its own personnel, equipment and facilities or hire persons, equipment, and facilities for the purpose of removing, preserving and storing abandoned, immobile, or unattended motor vehicles.

[Acts 1967, ch. 250, § 2; T.C.A., § 59-1604; Acts 1996, ch. 868, § 4.]