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Vermont court says man can sue hospital for blood draw

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday that a man with multiple drunken driving convictions can sue the state’s largest hospital for drawing his blood at the request of police.

But the court said it is up to the Legislature to consider whether state law governing when drunken driving evidence can be taken at a hospital needs to be changed to broaden the ability of medical personnel to help the police. Police need to collect evidence, and hospital patients have a right in most cases to give consent before a medical procedure is performed.

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