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Court Keeps DWI Procedures in Place for Missouri


St. Louis, MO – A state appeals court in St. Louis yesterday said police may get a search warrant for a blood sample if a drunken-driving suspect refuses a breath test.

The ruling preserves how authorities handle DWI cases statewide. At issue was whether drunken-driving suspects could avoid giving blood or urine samples by first refusing a Breathalyzer test. Current state law says no test shall be given to a DWI suspect if he or she refuses.

But the judges said that applies only to police who seek other tests without a warrant.


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