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Bill Would Stop Cops From Drawing Blood After DWI Stops

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Nathan Bernier, KUT News

In Texas, if a motorist suspected of drunk driving refuses a breath test, a police officer can get a search warrant to draw a blood sample.

A few police departments in the state allow trained officers to draw the blood themselves. Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Spring, has introduced a bill that would require that medical professionals draw blood. She says officers should focus on patrolling streets.

Bill Waybourn, chief of public safety in Dalworthington Gardens, disagrees. “It limits the authority of a police officer to gather crucial evidence,” Waybourn said.

The Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee is considering the bill.

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