Police to seek blood samples of suspected drunken drivers

first_imgMotorists arrested on suspicion of drunken driving this weekend will encounter a law enforcement strategy that is new to Clark County.If a suspected drunken driver refuses to take a breath test, law enforcement officers will automatically seek a search warrant allowing them to take the driver’s blood sample as evidence.The strategy is called a “no refusal weekend,” and it’s being implemented starting today in conjunction with enhanced patrols through Sunday, according to the Washington State Patrol.“This is just another tool in our toolbox to help us with getting impaired drivers prosecuted properly and gathering other pieces of evidence that we can use in our investigation,” WSP Trooper Will Finn said at a press conference Wednesday. “It’s another form of evidence to help us prosecute individuals who are out there putting dangerous behavior out on our roadways and putting other motorists in danger for the choices they’re making by driving impaired.”‘No refusal’Normally, when a driver is suspected of being impaired in Washington, an officer pulls them over and conducts a series of tests — including a field sobriety test — before taking them to a secure area to provide a breath sample.If the driver refuses to provide a breath test, the officer has the option to apply for a search warrant or proceed without it.last_img read more