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Supreme Court decision could mean extra work for police


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The nation's highest court approved a rule that could mean more work for police and judges.

The Supreme Court voted eight to one in favor of the ruling. That means, effective immediately, if someone refuses a blood draw during a drunk driving arrest, law enforcement would have to get a judge to sign off on a search warrant to obtain the driver's blood. Now there are some stipulations, it only applies to criminal offenses, which means it only applies to second offense OWI's or higher. The Eau Claire Police Department says making authorities go through more steps is going to give guilty drivers more time to sober up and pass the test.

"If we are spending more time after that initial stop of when the violation occurred, the alcohol is going to dissipate from the systems, which is going to bring down the reading of the blood alcohol content down," says Kyle Roder with the Eau Claire Police Department.

There is a provision that states in an emergency, officers could take blood without a warrant, but that determination must be made on a case-by-case basis and later must be justified in court.

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