Some metro counties in Georgia are getting suspected drunk drivers tested for alcohol whether they like it or not.
Drivers still have the right to refuse breathalyzer tests, but thanks to an April ruling by the Supreme Court, officers are now able obtain a search warrant to forcibly draw blood and get evidence for a DUI case.
Although the process of forcibly drawing blood seems pretty brutal, some Georgia officers are doing it, according to Fox Atlanta.
A local television anchor called a clip showing what forcible blood drawing looks like “disturbing video.” The footage shows suspected drunk drivers being strapped to gurneys and nurses drawing their blood.
“What country is this? What country is this?” suspect Michael Chororsky yells while being strapped down. “We are all American citizens and you’ve got me strapped to a table like I’m in Guantanamo f---ing Bay.”
Chororsky claims he is not guilty and has yet to go to court.
“I understand that police have a job to do, but what happened to me in that room is unnecessary,” he said.
Deputies apparently complained about people exercising their right to not submit to any field sobriety tests, which is why getting search warrants to draw blood became necessary.
“It is what it is," said Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller. "If they’re not guilty, they’re not guilty. If they’re guilty, they’ve got to face the consequences.”
June 29, 2013
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