Lindsey Erin Kroskob reports:
Cheyenne police are believed to be the first in the state to forcibly take a person’s blood via court order under the state’s new DUI law.
Statutes changed July 1, allowing officers to obtain a search warrant to take a suspected intoxicated driver’s blood if he or she refuses to willingly provide a sample.
Prior to the change, warrants were only obtained for individuals involved in crashes with serious injury or fatality.
“Usually, once we have the warrant they go ahead and cooperate with the blood draw,” Chief Brian Kozak said. “This is the first individual who refused to cooperate and had to be restrained.”
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