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.