Forced DWI blood samples challenged in Texas

By David Edwards
Thursday, July 3, 2008 6:57 EDT
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North Texas law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunk driving over the July 4th weekend – including taking blood samples of suspected drunk drivers. But one man says how those samples are collected is sometimes illegal.

Defense attorney Avery McDaniel said, “If an officer believes you are intoxicated they will get a search warrant and they will physically hold you down and take your blood.”

McDaniel claims that unqualified police officers forcibly took blood from his client. McDaniel said, “It should be noted that they had to physically restrain her to get the blood and the next day thereafter she had bruises up her arm from them withdrawing this blood.”

This video is from CBS 11 Dallas, broadcast July 2, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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