EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene police got warrants to draw blood from one of nine drivers arrested on impaired driving charges during a "no refusal" crackdown July 4.
The authorities had prosecutors, a judge and blood technicians on standby to get quick warrants for blood draws when drunken driving suspects refused breath tests during a six-hour period beginning at 9 p.m. on Independence Day.
Under Oregon law, drivers who refuse a breath test lose their licenses for a year, but may be able to escape a harsher penalty in court.
Officers can still seek a warrant for a blood draw to get the evidence for a conviction, but Eugene police that's harder to accomplish after business hours and done only on a case-by-case basis.
Police say more American drivers are refusing breath tests.