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22655.  (a) When any peace officer, as that term is defined in
Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the
Penal Code or any regularly employed and salaried employee who is
engaged in directing traffic or enforcing parking statutes and
regulations, has reasonable cause to believe that a motor vehicle on
a highway or on private property open to the general public onto
which the public is explicitly or implicitly invited, located within
the territorial limits in which the officer is empowered to act, has
been involved in a hit-and-run accident, and the operator of the
vehicle has failed to stop and comply with Sections 20002 to 20006,
inclusive, the officer may remove the vehicle from the highway or
from public or private property for the purpose of inspection.
   (b) Unless sooner released, the vehicle shall be released upon the
expiration of 48 hours after the removal from the highway or private
property upon demand of the owner. When determining the 48-hour
period, weekends, and holidays shall not be included.
   (c) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), when a motor vehicle to be
inspected pursuant to subdivision (a) is a commercial vehicle, any
cargo within the vehicle may be removed or transferred to another
vehicle.
   This section shall not be construed to authorize the removal of
any vehicle from an enclosed structure on private property that is
not open to the general public.
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