JEAN EDWARD CARREY, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Section OF MOTOR Automobiles, Defendant and Appellant
Courtroom of Attraction of California, 2nd Appellate District, Division Two
July 31, 1986
On October 21, 1984 Carrey, the respondent was arrested for the felony offenses of drunk driving and strike and operate. He was advised of the “implied consent” legislation, Motor vehicle Code segment 13353 (now segment 23157). The respondent experienced asked for the blood examination and was requested to indication the hospital’s “Consent to Blood Take a look at” form. After reading through this form, Carrey refused to indication that form because he was having some medications that could affect his bleeding. He was requested to just take a breath examination or urine examination but he ongoing to insist on a blood examination. Subsequently the DMV issued an get of suspension to Carrey. Afterwards the respondent experienced filed a petition for administrative mandamus in the excellent courtroom to which the DMV responded. The excellent courtroom issued the writ of mandate forbidding the DMV from suspending Carrey’s driving privilege. This appeal by DMV followed.
Regardless of whether respondent’s refusal to indication the medical consent form was the pragmatic equivalent of a refusal to consent to the treatment involved?
Regardless of whether the lower courtroom experienced erred in issuing the writ of mandate forbidding the DMV from suspending the respondent’s driving privilege?
This courtroom held that if the driver refuses to comprehensive a person of the three exams, his driving privilege is issue to suspension. There is a robust general public plan towards the nightmare of drunk driving. Consequently, the implied consent legislation must be liberally construed to impact its objective, which is to quickly and accurately recognize drunk motorists. Consequently, the driver must plainly and unambiguously manifest the consent essential by the legislation. Consent which is not obvious and unambiguous may well be considered a refusal. The determinative aspect as to whether or not there is a refusal is not the arrestee’s subjective condition of head, but rather the aim, truthful meaning to be distilled from his phrases and carry out. In the scenario at bench, The respondent reviewed the form entitled “Consent to Blood Take a look at” and stated he would not indication it The crux of the form is an acknowledgement that the driver has been advised of his preference of exams and that he is not bodily incapable of having the examination. The form represents a smart precaution from the hospital’s standpoint and imposes no important added onus on the driver. This courtroom held that Section 13353 (e) c.v.c. grants the driver an exemption from the blood examination because he is working with an anticoagulant, having said that does not make the driver ineligible if he needs to just take a blood examination. That’s why, Carrey’s refusal to indication the medical consent form was the pragmatic equivalent of a refusal to consent to the treatment involved.
This courtroom held that at that juncture, it was incumbent on Carrey to pick and post to a person of the remaining chemical exams as experienced been asked for by the arresting officer. The respondent refused to post to, or failed to comprehensive, a chemical examination of his blood, breath, or urine soon after getting asked for to do so by the officer. That’s why this courtroom held that the DMV correctly revoked the respondent’s driver’s license.
This courtroom reverses the judgment granting respondent driver’s petition for a peremptory writ of mandate because respondent’s statement that he would not indication the hospital’s consent to a blood examination and respondent’s refusal to post to a urine or breath examination constituted a refusal to post to a chemical examination for intoxication and respondent’s driving privileges have been correctly suspended.
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