Court Issues Sobering Ruling

The state Supreme Court says New Jersey police are not required to read a final warning to drunk driving suspects who refuse to take a breath test.

The high court on Monday overturned the portion of an appeals ruling that had required police to read the final warning to all DUI suspects.

The court says the final warning is required only for people who don't explicitly agree or refuse to take the Breathalyzer.

The warning cautions suspects that they will be charged with refusing the test and ask them one last time to take it.

The ruling did not change the outcome for defendant Ernest Spell, who refused the test immediately and was convicted of DUI in municipal court. His conviction has been upheld consistently by the courts.

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