Indiana Court: Forced Blood Tests Unlawful

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The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled this week that law enforcers cannot compel drivers involved in accidents to submit to blood tests.

The Indianapolis Star reports the ruling overturns the conviction of a man imprisoned in an August 2000 crash that killed two people. The man, who had two prior drunken driving convictions, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, whose policy directed deputies to get a blood sample from drivers involved in serious crashes “by force, if necessary.”

The court said such a policy is a violation of the Fourth Amendment.


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