Tazewell County announces permanent "no-refusal" for felony DUI

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Tazewell County announces permanent "no-refusal" for felony DUI

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM CDT

TAZEWELL COUNTY, Ill. -- The Tazewell County State's Attorney says law enforcement officers in the county will now be able to obtain search warrants to test DUI drivers who refuse testing.

State's Attorney Stewart Umholtz said Tuesday that his office, along with local law enforcement agencies, is implementing a permanent search warrant protocol to assist officers who encounter repeat DUI offenders suspected of committing another Driving Under the Influence offense.

Unlike other counties who use search warrants for “no-refusal” weekends, Tazewell County's “No-Refusal” protocol is permanent.

Umholtz says officers will target all felony DUI offenders and those with aggravating factors such as children in the vehicle, fleeing & eluding, leaving the scene of an accident, or drugs.

Under the new protocol, if such offenders refuse to provide a blood, breath, or urine sample, the officer will contact the State's Attorney's office for authorization to seek a search warrant for blood and/or urine.

If the Judge finds that probable cause for a warrant exists, that officer will then take the signed search warrant to the hospital, where an assisting officer and the offender will be waiting for a blood/urine draw.

The State's Attorney's Office will hold a press conference on Wednesday to talk about the new protocol.

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