Court sets standard for use of blood samples in DUI cases

Posted at 5:44 AM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 07:44:59-05
The Arizona Supreme Court says police can't use a DUI suspect's blood sample taken for medical reasons unless they have a warrant or the suspect either consented to treatment or was incapable of providing consent.
The court set that standard Wednesday while ruling on an appeal involving a man who thrashed and yelled at paramedics after being injured in a 2010 Scottsdale accident in which one person was killed and four others injured.
A blood sample showed that Patrick McLeod Nissley had methamphetamine and heroin in his system, and he was convicted of reckless manslaughter and other crimes.

The Supreme Court ordered a trial judge to hold a hearing on whether Nissley was able to competently direct his own medical treatment and whether police lawfully obtained the blood sample.