Judge finds Lawrence man guilty in DUI case after suppressing blood test evidence

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LAWRENCE, Kansas — A judge has found a Lawrence man guilty in a drunken driving accident that caused a University of Kansas student's legs to be amputated.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1uZb2BD ) Judge Kay Huff on Thursday found Julian Kuszmaul guilty of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to an alcohol test and marijuana possession.

Kuszmaul's SUV pinned 18-year-old Colby Liston in August 2012. Linston's legs were amputated above the knee.

Huff in October 2013 suppressed a blood test, and ruled officers should have obtained a search warrant before Kuszmaul's blood was drawn. The test results showed Kuszmaul's blood alcohol at the time of the accident was 0.25, more than three times the legal limit.

Huff said Thursday that a chemical test wasn't necessary to establish guilt of a DUI.

Sentencing is scheduled for January.


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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