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Supreme Court hears DWI blood draw case

Posted at: 01/09/2013 6:19 AM

Can police force suspected drunk drivers to have their blood drawn and tested? That's the question at the center of a Supreme Court hearing Wednesday.

The issue: is a blood test considered an unreasonable search and therefore prohibited under the Fourth Amendment?

Prosecutors in Missouri will argue that because alcohol quickly dissipates in the body, police need to act quickly in order to get a breath test or blood test.

The American Civil Liberties Union says a police officer should have to obtain a search warrant in order to draw blood.