Court rules against driver in blood sample case
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled against a driver’s argument that blood samples taken from him following a crash that resulted in a death should have been suppressed.
James Bazinet was convicted by a jury of negligent homicide for driving while he was intoxicated and causing the death of his fiancee in 2012. He had been brought unconscious to a hospital, which said it drew his blood immediately because he was a trauma patient. Police asked to collect the samples and did blood-alcohol and DNA tests.
His lawyer moved to suppress the results, but a judge found he didn’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and that the state acted lawfully in obtaining and testing the blood.
The court on Tuesday upheld the judge’s decision.