Blood Of Suspected DWI Driver Can Also Be Tested For Drugs
ST. PAUL (AP) - The Minnesota Court of Appeals says a search warrant that allows police to test the blood alcohol content of a suspected drunken driver also allows them to check for drugs.
The three-judge panel ruled that search warrants aren't necessary for additional testing of the blood once it's been drawn. The ruling Monday reverses a decision from an Anoka County judge who threw out test results showing a motorist, Debra Lee Fawcett, had marijuana and prescription drugs in her system following a 2014 crash in Blaine. No alcohol was found.
Prosecutors argued that once a person's blood is taken, they should no longer expect privacy in any test results from that sample. The appeals court agreed with prosecutors, saying that additional testing for drugs in a DWI case is not unreasonable.