- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on Arizona Supreme Court rulings on consent for testing of people suspected of driving or operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

The Arizona Supreme Court says police officers can’t flatly tell drunken-driving suspects that they’re required to submit to alcohol testing.

The state high court’s ruling Tuesday says because suspects actually can refuse to submit to alcohol testing, it violates the suspects’ Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable warrantless searches to tell them they must consent.

The ruling says officers should ask suspects to consent to alcohol tests and then tell those refusing that they face consequences such as loss of their driver’s license for a year or longer.

While the justices say a man arrested in a Cochise County DUI case was wrongly told he had to submit to tests, the ruling nevertheless upheld his convictions and sentence.

The ruling said that’s because the state trooper who arrested the man acted in good faith based on what was understood to be the law as described in previous court rulings and on a state-provided form.

6:20 a.m.

The Arizona Supreme Court plans to rule Tuesday on whether two men convicted of driving or boating under the influence were coerced into submitting to tests for alcohol.

At issue is whether law enforcement officers violated the defendants’ constitutional rights against unreasonable warrantless searches by saying Arizona law required the men to submit to alcohol testing.

One case involves a man stopped by a Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy while operating a boat. The other case involves a man arrested in Cochise County by a state trooper who found the man asleep while seated behind the wheel in a truck.

Lower courts upheld the convictions but a dissenting judge in one case said what the officers said was inappropriate because suspects have a right to not consent to warrantless tests.

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