State v. Terasako

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Petitioner was found guilty of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. Petitioner appealed, arguing that the district court erred in admitting his blood alcohol test results into evidence in violation of his Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights because the implied consent form that apprised him of the criminal refusal penalties was contrary to his constitutional right to withdraw his consent to a warrantless search. The Supreme Court vacated the district court’s judgment, holding that the result of Defendant’s blood test was the product of a warrantless search, and therefore, the district court erred in denying Petitioner’s motion to suppress the blood test result.

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***NOT FOR PUBLICATION IN WEST’S HAWAI I REPORTS AND PACIFIC REPORTER*** Electronically Filed Supreme Court SCWC-14-0000606 21-JAN-2016 08:40 AM SCWC-14-0000606 IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF HAWAI I ________________________________________________________________ STATE OF HAWAI I, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. ALAN S. TERASAKO, Petitioner/Defendant-Appellant. ________________________________________________________________ CERTIORARI TO THE INTERMEDIATE COURT OF APPEALS (CAAP-14-0000606; CASE NO. 1DTA-13-03174) SUMMARY DISPOSITION ORDER (By: McKenna, Pollack, and Wilson, JJ., with Wilson, J., concurring separately, and Nakayama, J., dissenting separately, with whom Recktenwald, C.J., joins) Petitioner/Defendant-Appellant Alan S. Terasako seeks review of the Intermediate Court of Appeals’ (ICA) July 7, 2015 Judgment on Appeal, entered pursuant to its May 29, 2015 Summary Disposition Order, which affirmed the District Court of the First Circuit’s (district court) February 25, 2014 Notice of Entry of Judgment and/or Order and Plea/Judgment (district court ***NOT FOR PUBLICATION IN WEST’S HAWAI I REPORTS AND PACIFIC REPORTER*** judgment).1 The district court found Terasako guilty of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant (OVUII), in violation of Hawai i Revised Statutes (HRS) § 291E61(a)(4) (Supp. 2010).2 We accepted Terasako’s Application for Writ of Certiorari, and we now vacate the ICA’s Judgment on Appeal and the district court judgment and remand the case to the district court for further proceedings. After being arrested for OVUII, Terasako was taken to the police station, where he was read an implied consent form.3 1 The Honorable Paul B.K. Wong presided. 2 HRS § 291E-61(a)(4) (Supp. 2010) provides in relevant part: (a) A person commits the offense of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant if the person operates or assumes actual physical control of a vehicle: . . . (4) With .08 or more grams of alcohol per one hundred milliliters or cubic centimeters of blood. The district court also concluded that there was insufficient evidence to establish a violation of HRS § 291E-61(a)(1) and that Terasako was “not guilty of violating 291E-61(a)(1).” Consequently, Terasako may not be reprosecuted under HRS § 291E-61(a)(1). See State v. Spearman, 129 Hawai i 146, 151, 296 P.3d 359, 364 (2013). 3 The form read in relevant part: 1. ___ Any person who operates a vehicle upon a public way, street, road, or highway or on or in the waters of the State shall be deemed to have given consent to a test or tests for the purpose of determining alcohol concentration or drug content of the persons [sic] breath, blood or urine as applicable. (continued . . .) 2 ***NOT FOR PUBLICATION IN WEST’S HAWAI I REPORTS AND PACIFIC REPORTER*** Terasako elected to take a breath test, but it was later discovered that he was unable to provide a sufficient amount of breath sample. He was read again the implied consent form and subsequently chose to give a blood sample. The result of Terasako’s blood test yielded 0.12 grams ethanol per 100 cubic centimeters of whole blood. At trial, Terasako objected to the admission of the blood test results, contending, inter alia, that the portion of the implied consent form that apprised him of the criminal refusal penalties was contrary to his Fourth Amendment right to withdraw his consent to a warrantless search. On certiorari, Terasako contends that the district court erred in admitting his blood alcohol test results into evidence in violation of his Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. In State v. Won, 136 Hawai i 292, 312, 361 P.3d 1195, 1215 (2015), we held that “coercion engendered by the Implied (. . . continued) 2. ___ You are not entitled to an attorney before you submit to any tests [sic] or tests to determine your alcohol and/or drug content. 3. ___ You may refuse to submit to a breath or blood test, or both for the purpose of determining alcohol concentration and/or blood or urine test, or both for the purpose of determining drug content, none shall be given [sic], except as provided in section 291E-21. However, if you refuse to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test, you shall be subject to up to thirty days imprisonment and/or fine up to $1,000 or the sanctions of 291E-65, if applicable. In addition, you shall also be subject to the procedures and sanctions under chapter 291E, part III. 3 ***NOT FOR PUBLICATION IN WEST’S HAWAI I REPORTS AND PACIFIC REPORTER*** Consent Form runs afoul of the constitutional mandate that waiver of a constitutional right may only be the result of a free and unconstrained choice,” and, thus, a defendant’s decision to submit to testing after being read the implied consent form “is invalid as a waiver of his right not to be searched.” In accordance with State v. Won, the result of Terasako’s blood test was the product of a warrantless search, and the ICA erred by concluding that the district court properly denied Terasako’s motion to suppress the blood test result. Accordingly, Terasako’s OVUII conviction may not be upheld. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the ICA’s July 7, 2015 Judgment on Appeal and the district court judgment are vacated, and the case is remanded to the district court for proceedings consistent with this court’s opinion in State v. Won. DATED: Daniel Kawamoto for petitioner Honolulu, Hawai i, January 21, 2016. /s/ Sabrina S. McKenna /s/ Richard W. Pollack James M. Anderson for respondent /s/ Michael D. Wilson 4