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The Today File

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December 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Whatcom County DUI suspect fights blood draw

The Associated Press

BELLINGHAM — A drunken-driving suspect was given a sedative against his wishes to stop him from fighting a blood draw troopers wanted for a fatality investigation in Everson, Whatcom County.

Brian Jeffery Smith is charged with vehicular homicide in the Dec. 5 death of 38-year-old Jason Lyle “Bone” Schuyleman, who was riding a motorcycle when he collided with Smith’s SUV.

The Bellingham Herald reports the 31-year-old Everson man told a trooper he had not been drinking. The trooper asked for a breath test.

Charging papers say that indicated a blood-alcohol content of .145 percent, well above the state .08 limit.

Smith was arrested and taken to a hospital for a blood draw. He refused and fought back.

A doctor said he needed to be sedated or someone would be hurt.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: DUI, Washington State Patrol, Whatcom County

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