A new blood alcohol content procedure in Bloomington will make the waiting process for testing blood for alcohol levels shorter. Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Gaal says under the old system, people suspected of drunk driving who refused a breathalyzer test had to be taken to Bloomington Hospital and checked in as a patient. He says officers would end up waiting two to three hours for a doctor to check on the suspect before finding out the results of the test. Gaal says the new system doesn’t require suspects to check in to the hospital and gives technicians the right to perform the tests. He says the new procedure will make a difference to officers in particular.
Gaal says Bloomington Hospital deserves credit for working with his office and only charging five dollars per test. He says he has received positive feedback about the new procedure from officers around the area.