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A judge in Tucson has ruled that the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s practice of drawing blood from drunken-driving suspects on the side of the highway is unconstitutional.
Pima County Superior Court Richard S. Fields’ ruling came as he tossed out blood-alcohol evidence in a Tucson man’s drunken driving case on Wednesday.
DPS officials declined to comment until they studied the ruling.
Fields wrote in his ruling that blood draws carried out in roadside situations with poor lighting and in less than sanitary conditions subject suspects to an unreasonable risk of infection and injury.
The state failure to follow proper health procedures violates the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure.
Fields says law enforcement agencies have alternatives such as using breath testers or having medical providers draw blood.
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