Cop Who Ran Down Woman Tested at Twice Legal Alcohol Limit Hours After Accident
Commissioner Kelly says it normally takes seven hours to get a warrant for tests in cases in which a motorist is not cooperative, and has convened a committee to see about speeding things up. Jurisdictions such as Texas have get-tough laws permitting authorities to draw blood in suspected DWI cases even without a warrant, but in more civil-liberties-conscious like ours such a law may be harder to push through.
Spellman is charged with DWI, vehicular homicide and criminally negligent homicide. In 1996 he drove into a car, injuring its 13-year-old passenger, though no evidence of DWI is recorded; his insurance covered the damages.