OH5: Exigency for blood draw from accident at 1:30 am and hospitalization

Exigent circumstances existed which justified the warrantless draw of defendant’s blood. “The accident occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on May 8, 2016. After his initial contact with Appellant, Officer Lewis was unable to investigate further due to Appellant’s condition. Emergency medical personnel at the scene assumed care of Appellant, who was transported to Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. Officer Lewis then assisted with the accident investigation. When Officer Lewis arrived at the hospital at 3:00 a.m., Appellant was in triage. Appellant was not conscious; therefore, the officer was unable to obtain her consent for the blood draw.” State v. Kiger, 2018-Ohio-592, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 611 (5th Dist. Feb. 15, 2018).

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