Forced blood tests in drunk driving cases get high court review

The decision, due early next year, will define the powers of the police and the rights of motorists


By David G. Savage
Spokesman Review

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide whether a police officer who stops a suspected drunken driver can force the motorist to take a breath test or have blood drawn at a hospital.

Judges across the nation are split over whether forcing someone to undergo a blood test constitutes an "unreasonable search" prohibited by the Fourth Amendment.

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