Ind. Senate backs changes to blood-testing law

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2013 at 4:30 pm •  Published: January 29, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The court fight over whether a blood sample was drawn properly from an Indianapolis police officer after a deadly crash is leading to a possible change in state law.

The Indiana Senate voted 48-0 Tuesday to approve a bill that would allow anyone properly trained to draw blood to do so for a blood-alcohol test. Current law allows only doctors, nurses and medics to take blood samples used as evidence.

The provision drew attention after the 2010 crash involving Officer David Bisard when his blood was drawn by a medical assistant.

The state Supreme Court ruled last year the test could be used against Bisard, who's fighting reckless homicide and drunken driving charges.

Bill sponsor Sen. Randy Head of Logansport says the change would clarify state law.