189. In the cases provided for in section 186, the automobile may be seized without a warrant by a peace officer and detained until the penal proceedings have been adjudicated upon or a competent court orders the release thereof, with or without security.
The owner is notified of the seizure within forty-eight hours.
If the automobile has caused an accident, the seizure shall not be lifted so long as a deposit in cash or other security covering the damage caused is not furnished to the satisfaction of the court.
If the seizure continues for more than one year, the court may order the judicial sale of the automobile; the person seized may at all times require of the court that it order the judicial sale of the automobile without delay.
The costs of seizure, storage and sale are at the expense of the owner and may be levied on the price of sale; the balance of the price is paid into the Fonds d’indemnisation until the conditions of the third paragraph are complied with.