Did you know that Phoenix police officers can get a signed search warrant for a blood sample from a seemingly intoxicated driver within minutes? Traditionally, if a suspected driver refuses a blood test, police officers would have to drive to a station, type up a warrant, fax it to the court and then wait to hear from a judge. This new system is called an eSearch Warrant Application, and it allows an officer to send a warrant from their patrol car, where it is sent to a judge who can approve or deny the document from a laptop in a much shorter time.
This weekend there was "all the fixin's" at the 5th annual Arizona BBQ Festival held in Scottsdale at Salt River Fields. There was no shortage of entertainment this weekend, because if tons of smoked meat and beer wasn't enough to entertain you, there was always live music playing throughout the day, along with the "redneck zone". The "redneck zone" was an 18+ area where there were themed games and contests happening throughout the day. From a watermelon seed spitting contest, to keg rolling, to a mullet beauty pageant, there was never a dull moment in the day.
The era of the "Vampire Cops" is upon us. Well, I'm only kind of joking. The state of Arizona allows its police officers to draw blood from people that they arrest under the suspicion of DUI. Arizona has been doing this for years and was ahead of the recent vampire trend in TV and movies. If something about cops drawing blood gives you an uneasy feeling, you are not alone. Defense lawyers continue to challenge the constitutionality of such actions, and Arizona's unique stand. You can see one such legal opinion: Constitutionality of Officer Blood Draws in Arizona.