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A DWI Test You Can't Refuse -- Growing Number of States Collecting 'Involuntary' Blood Samples

In Texas, if a police officer can demonstrate probable cause that a vehicle operator is drunk, they can apply for a warrant to take a biological sample to prove it.

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The dispatcher spoke in cop code, so Officer Taylor translated. It was a single-car collision—usually a sure sign of drunk driving. The driver had been decapitated, and the car was on fire.

At the same time, a rhythmic rasping could be heard from behind the plexiglass. The little devil had passed out. She would later volunteer a breathalyzer sample, blowing a 0.129, well above Texas’ legal limit of 0.08. She was rewarded with a cigarette and a trip to the county jail.

 

 
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