07/02/2012

OUI stops in Tenn. will include blood test

Gov. signed law in May which allows LE to obtain quick 'blood draw' warrants if suspect refuses

By News Sentinel staff

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — Law enforcement will be implementing a new law that allows them to quickly obtain search warrants to draw blood and determine the alcohol/drug content in a suspected drunken driver's blood.

According to a Knox County District Attorney General's Office news release, in an initiative called a "No Refusal Weekend," the Knoxville Police Department, the Knox County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be out in force during the week of the Fourth of July cracking down on impaired drivers. All suspected impaired drivers caught during the enforcement period will be subject to a test to determine the alcohol and drug content of their blood, officials said.

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