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Rep. Todd skips vote on mandatory DUI blood tests

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Rep. Curry Todd, who was charged with drunken driving and gun charges last year, has skipped a House vote on a bill to give judges the ability to compel blood tests for drivers who refuse to give breath alcohol tests when they are arrested.

The Collierville Republican voted in favor of 2 earlier bills seeking to tighten drunken driving laws on Thursday, and was in attendance for most of the debate over the implied consent bill. But Todd left shortly before a vote on the bill that ultimately passed on a 52-33 - just two votes more than the minimum needed to clear the chamber.

Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville announced after the vote that Todd had been excused. A spokeswoman said Todd was feeling ill.

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