Driving under influence of alcohol; law-enforcement officer to arrest without warrant. (HB2245)

Introduced By

Del. William Barlow (D-Smithfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Transfer of custody in a DUI arrest, etc. Allows a law-enforcement officer to arrest without a warrant any person whom the officer has probable cause to suspect of driving while intoxicated or committing certain DUI-related offenses in the officer's presence and to thereafter transfer custody of the person suspected of any such violation to another officer, who may obtain a warrant based upon statements made to him by the arresting officer. Currently this transfer authority exists only for arrests made for drunk boating. The bill also provides that a law-enforcement officer may arrest, without a warrant, any person who commits any misdemeanor or traffic infraction, or substantially similar local ordinance, not committed in his presence, if he receives a message, by radio or otherwise, from another officer who observed the violation, provided that the observing officer sends the message immediately after he observes the alleged offense and positively identifies the alleged offender to the arresting officer. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 094504428
01/14/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/02/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/04/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2009Committee substitute printed 090913428-H1
02/06/2009Read first time
02/08/2009Passed by for the day
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090913428-H1
02/09/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2245H1
02/10/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/23/2009Reported from Courts of Justice (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Passed Senate (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Passed by for the day
02/26/2009Read third time
02/26/2009Motion to recommit to committee agreed to
02/26/2009Recommitted to Courts of Justice
02/28/2009Left in Courts of Justice


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.