Christian County, Mo — A new policy in Christian County is cracking down on suspected drunk drivers by prohibiting many from refusing a chemical test. The strategy that just started this week is a countywide "No Refusal Policy."
Before stricter DWI laws went into effect last August -- if someone refused to submit to a breath test they would lose their license for a year. Under the new law if there is enough probable cause a judge can issue a search warrant to collect a blood sample. “We met with prosecutors and they are either going to come here or we are going to meet at the jail whatever the quicker process is going to be,” Nixa Police Lt. Jimmy Liles said.
If prosecutors believe there is enough probable cause, they will ask a judge for a search warrant. A judge will have to approve the application and issue the search warrant. “How quickly can that search warrant be executed to where it would be effective and reasonable to issue to find a blood alcohol content that is accurate at the time the person is pulled over,” defense attorney Bruce Galloway questioned.