Virginia: Westmoreland County Sheriff C. O. Balderson announces blood draw for DUI leads Virginia

Westmoreland County Va leads the state in DUI blood draws

Westmoreland County Va leads the state in DUI blood draws


On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Senior Deputy Darrel S. Johnson had the opportunity to instruct over 250 law enforcement personnel at the 16th Annual Mid-Atlantic DUI Conference in Virginia Beach. The conference offers training to law enforcement in order to enhance and sharpen the skills needed in DUI/DUID arrests and prosecution. 

In April 2012, the sheriffs office, under the certification of Senior Deputy Johnson, became the lead law enforcement agency in the Commonwealth of Virginia to conduct in-house blood draws on DUI and DUID arrestees. Since its inception, there have been over 30 blood draws conducted by Senior Deputy Johnson and to date the sheriff’s office is the only law enforcement agency in the state that is utilizing this procedure. 

I am extremely proud of Senior Deputy Johnson. He has utilized the procedure of blood draws to assist in the efficient and effective prosecution of DUI/DUID cases. His dedication and commitment in this area of expertise is to be commended.

C.O. Balderson, Sheriff

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