A person commits the crime of "driving while intoxicated" if he/she operates a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or drugged condition.
Driving while intoxicated is for the first offense, a class B misdemeanor. No person convicted of or pleading guilty to the offense of driving while intoxicated shall be granted a suspended imposition of sentence for such offense, unless such person shall be placed on probation for a minimum of two (2) years.
[Ord. No. 2635 §1, 11-20-2001]
A person commits the crime of "driving with excessive blood alcohol content" if he/she operates a motor vehicle in this State with eight-hundredths of one percent (.08%) or more by weight of alcohol in his/her blood.
As used in this Section, percent by weight of alcohol in the blood shall be based upon grams of alcohol per one hundred (100) milliliters of blood and may be shown by chemical analysis of the person's blood, breath, saliva or urine. For the purposes of determining the alcoholic content of a person's blood under this Section, the test shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Sections 577.020 to 577.041, RSMo.
No person shall consume any alcoholic beverage while operating a moving motor vehicle upon the highways, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo.
Any person found guilty of violating the provisions of this Section is guilty of an infraction.
Any infraction under this Section shall not reflect on any records with the Department of Revenue.
Any person who operates a motor vehicle upon the public highways of this state shall be deemed to have given consent to, subject to the provisions of Sections 577.020 to 577.041, RSMo., a chemical test or tests of his/her breath, blood, saliva or urine for the purpose of determining the alcohol or drug content of his/her blood if arrested for any offense arising out of acts which the arresting officer had reasonable grounds to believe were committed while the person was driving a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or drugged condition. The test shall be administered at the direction of the arresting law enforcement officer whenever the person has been arrested for the offense.
The implied consent to submit to the chemical tests listed in Subsection (A) of this Section shall be limited to not more than two such tests arising from the same arrest, incident or charge.
Chemical analysis of the person's breath, blood, saliva, or urine to be considered valid under the provisions of Sections 577.020 to 577.041, RSMo., shall be performed according to methods approved by the state department of health by licensed medical personnel or by a person possessing a valid permit issued by the state department of health for this purpose.
The State Department of Health shall approve satisfactory techniques, devices, equipment, or methods to be considered valid under the provisions of Sections 577.020 to 577.041, RSMo., and shall establish standards to ascertain the qualifications and competence of individuals to conduct analyses and to issue permits which shall be subject to termination or revocation by the State Department of Health.
The person tested may have a physician, or a qualified technician, chemist, registered nurse, or other qualified person of his/her own choosing and at his/her expense administer a test in addition to any administered at the direction of a law enforcement officer. The failure or inability to obtain an additional test by a person shall not preclude the admission of evidence relating to the test taken at the direction of a law enforcement officer.
Upon the request of the person who is tested, full information concerning the test shall be made available to him/her.
[Ord. No. 2635 §2, 11-20-2001]
Upon the trial of any person for violation of any of the provisions of Sections 342.010 or 342.020, the amount of alcohol or drugs in the person's blood, breath or saliva is admissible in evidence. If there was evidence that there was eight-hundredths of one percent (.08%) or more by weight of alcohol in the person's blood, this shall be prima facie evidence that the person was intoxicated at the time the specimen was taken.
Percent by weight of alcohol in the blood shall be based upon grams of alcohol per one hundred (100) milliliters of blood.
The provisions of this Section shall not be construed as limiting the introduction of any other competent evidence bearing upon the question whether the person was intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance, or drug, or a combination of either or both with or without alcohol.