Posts filed under Alcohol Testing

D.U.I. Arrests and Warrantless Blood Draws

By now you have seen the July 26th body camera video from a South Lake Police officers in an emergency room at a Utah hospital. The officer wanted blood drawn from an unconscious patient who was struck by a vehicle driven by a suspect fleeing police. Blood draws are a routine part of accident investigations… (read more)

Columbus, Ohio DUI Checkpoints Tonight on Bethel and Sawmill Roads

Friday October 24, 2014 The Franklin County DUI Task Force is scheduled to hold sobriety checkpoints tonight on Bethel and Samill Roads in Perry Township. From 9-11 p.m. The Franklin County DUI Task Force will hold a sobriety checkpoint on Bethel Rd. east of Kenny Rd.   From 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Franklin… (read more)

Ohio Supreme Court Allows Challenges to Breath Tests

Last week, The Ohio Supreme Court issued a ruling that could throw into question thousands of drunken driving convictions in Ohio. The Court upheld the ability of a DUI defendant to challenge the accuracy of breath-alcohol testing machines. The ruling stems from a 2011 case out of Cincinnati in which a man lost control of… (read more)

What in the World is Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN)?

driver goes to court, the HGN results can potentially be used in the Columbus Ohio DUI case.

If you’ve been pulled over for a DUI, you may have had to take the HGN test. HGN stands for Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. An officer will place an object (such as a flashlight or pen) in front of the driver’s face, and wave it from side to side. The driver will attempt to follow the… (read more)

Can Police Force You to Take a Test?

Can police force a suspected drunk driver – without consent, and without a warrant – to take a blood test? In October 2010, Missouri police stopped Tyler McNeely for speeding and erratic driving. At the scene, McNeely appeared intoxicated. He failed a field sobriety test and refused the breath test. He was transported to the… (read more)

New Alcohol Breath Test Coming To Columbus

The newest alcohol breathalyzer test that made its appearance in 2009 is the Intoxylizer 8000 and is now rolling out across Ohio.  It is already in Athens and Pickaway counties and is scheduled to roll out in Franklin County in January of 2012.  The test’s reliability in determining a person’s blood alcohol content has already… (read more)