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Forced DUI Blood Draw Upheld in Washington State Supreme Court

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Robert St. John was arrested on Washington DUI charges in July of 2005 after he wrecked his motorcycle.  The arresting officer, Eric Michl, read St. John the warning of refusing a blood alcohol test and St. John chose to refuse to submit a sample.  Officer Michl proceeded to obtain a search warrant from a judge for the forcible blood removal. 

At trail, a municipal court determined that the officer's procedure was unfair and illegal; however, the decision was overturned by the Washington Supreme Court who convicted St. John based on the blood alcohol sample obtained.

 

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