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Wisconsin cases involving blood draws from intoxicated drivers at risk after USSC ruling


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin is affected by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling today that said police need search warrants to take blood samples for most drunk driving suspects who refuse to give them.

The ruling was made in a case from Missouri, but Wisconsin is among several states where blood samples of drunk driving suspects are routinely taken without warrants.

The Wisconsin Justice Department is reviewing the decision, and will tell prosecutors how to proceed in such cases as soon as possible.

Justice spokeswoman Dana Brueck says the decision still allows blood draws without warrants, if there are extenuating circumstances in which a normal dissipation of alcohol is not the only factor.