Warrant not needed for blood test of drunken driving suspects

Friday, November 12, 2010 | 3:57 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri prosecutors say a new law likely gives police authority to take blood samples from drunken driving suspects without a warrant.

A presentation Friday by the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services states that warrantless blood samples are permitted under some circumstances.

That's because the new state law removes a prohibition on performing tests if a motorist refuses. And the U.S. Supreme Court already has upheld the taking of a blood sample without warrant.

Law officers and prosecutors from across the state received training Friday on drunken driving cases.

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Dennis Catlett November 13, 2010 | 6:22 p.m.

Always good to see big government becoming bigger and more intrusive in our lives.

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jim lemon November 13, 2010 | 10:45 p.m.

Yeah, it would be terrible to allow government to catch drunken drivers, wouldn't it dennis?
Let's hear it for less govt. more law breakers and drunks driving.
Dennis you are quite a clear thinker.
You must be a tea bagger. Hang a tea bag from your ears. Ha.

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