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Following a fatal accident in June 2011, police officers insisted that Jack Hughes (the driver of a vehicle involved in that accident) submit to a blood test. Hughes did so, and he later was indicted for several crimes in connection with the accident. He moved to suppress the results of the blood test, asserting that the officers were without probable cause to believe that he had been driving under the influence. The trial court granted his motion, and the State appealed. The Court of Appeals reversed, although three of its judges dissented. The Georgia Supreme Court issued a writ of certiorari to review the decision of the Court of Appeals, and although the Court found that the Court of Appeals applied the wrong standard of review, it concluded that the appellate court nevertheless reached the right result. Accordingly, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeals.