Salina Police To Pursue 'No Refusal' On DUI Cases

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher

SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ Salina police and Saline County sheriff's deputies plan to try a new ``no refusal'' policy during a saturation patrol Friday aimed at drunken drivers.

Salina police Lt. Russ Lamer said if a driver refuses a breath or blood test after being stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence, the officer will seek a search warrant to collect a sample of the driver's blood. He says new equipment will allow officers to ask for a search warrant electronically.

Lamer says a representative of the county attorney's office and a judge will be able to sign the warrant electronically. The process should take about 30 minutes.

The Salina Journal reports the goal is to use the new procedure in the future whenever a DUI test is refused.


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