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High court weighs in on DWI blood tests without a warrant

Texas laws could be affected, officials say.

By Farzad Mashhood and Mike Ward - American-Statesman Staff

With a U.S. Supreme Court decision Wednesday placing new restrictions on police taking involuntary blood samples from suspected drunken drivers, Texas officials said that current exceptions in state law could be erased.

As officials and prosecutors began legal research on the effects of the high court’s decision, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo was among law enforcement leaders who said they will begin requiring warrants anytime a blood sample is drawn from a suspected drunken driver.

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