Once the search warrant is approved, the impaired driver will be taken to the hospital for a blood draw.
In an effort to get drunk drivers off the roads, Knox County has announced a "No Refusal New Year" event.
That means anyone arrested for impaired driving during the New Year weekend, from Friday, December 28th thru Tuesday, January 1st, will have to give a blood sample to determine the alcohol and drug content of their blood. If drivers refuse the blood test, officers can get a warrant that allows them to get the blood sample. This will ensure prosecutors have the evidence they need when the case gets to court.
This is Knox County's second "No Refusal Weekend." The first was during the Fourth of July holiday, when there were 30 DUI arrests and 6 blood warrants issued.
"We wish everyone in Knox County a safe and happy holiday. We will continue to do our part in prosecuting impaired drivers whose actions pose a major public safety threat to our citizens. This 'No Refusal New Year' is a continuation of our commitment to the Knox County community," said Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols.