Nov 162010
 
 November 16, 2010  Laws, Surveillance

Chris Black reports:

Missouri prosecutors say they believe a new state drunken driving law gives police the authority to take blood samples from reluctant suspects without a warrant.

The guidance came during a presentation organized by the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services for law officers and prosecutors. Officials across the state received training Friday on handling drunken driving cases.

Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson, who led the discussion during a session in Jefferson City, said the new drunken driving law seems to permit the taking of blood without a warrant under certain circumstances. However, Richardson said, he still advises law officers in his county to seek a warrant until prosecutors find a favorable case to present the issue for the courts to decide.

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