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Following a bench trial, John Cletus Williams was convicted of driving under the influence of drugs (“DUI”), and failure to maintain lane. He unsuccessfully moved to suppress the results of a state-administered blood test on the basis that the test, obtained without a search warrant, violated his rights under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section I, Paragraph XIII of the Georgia Constitution. Specifically, he argued Georgia’s implied consent statute, OCGA 40-5-55, was unconstitutional as applied in his case because consent obtained solely under the statute does not amount to voluntary consent for purposes of the Fourth Amendment and the related provision of the State Constitution. Finding some merit to these arguments, the Supreme Court vacated the judgments of the state court and remanded the case to that court for reconsideration of Williams’ motion to suppress and any consequent proceedings.