July 6, 2015
Robert Paul Gackle, Appellant
Director, North Dakota Department of Transportation, Appellee
Appeal from the District Court of McLean County, South Central Judicial District, the Honorable David E. Reich, Judge.
Michael R. Hoffman, Bismarck, ND, for appellant.
Michael T. Pitcher, Office of the Attorney General, Bismarck, ND, for appellee.
Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J., Daniel J. Crothers, Carol Ronning Kapsner, Lisa Fair McEvers, Dale V. Sandstrom.
[¶1] Robert Paul Gackle appeals from a district court judgment affirming the Department of Transportation hearing officer's decision suspending Gackle's driving privileges for two years. Gackle argues the Department did not have authority to suspend his license because the analytical report of the blood test was improperly received in evidence when the specimen submitter's checklist from the blood submission form was not forwarded to the Department with a copy of the report showing the approved method was followed, when the Department failed to show the approved method for conducting blood-alcohol analysis was used, when the Department used the word " ethanol" on the blood analysis form and did not comply with the statute defining alcohol concentration and when the Department failed to indicate on the blood analysis form who performed the blood-alcohol analysis. Gackle also argues his submission to the blood test was coerced because he refused to take the test until the officer informed him refusal would be a crime.
[¶2] Gackle's blood analysis issues and arguments are similar to those decided in Filkowski v. North Dakota Dep't of Transp., 2015 ND 104, 862 N.W.2d 785. Gackle's argument that he was coerced into taking the blood test by the implied consent advisory and that the blood test was involuntarily taken was rejected in State v. Smith, 2014 ND 152, 849 N.W.2d 599, and McCoy v. North Dakota Dep't of Transp., 2014 ND 119, 848 N.W.2d 659. We summarily affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(7).
[¶3] Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J., Daniel J. Crothers, Carol Ronning Kapsner, Lisa Fair McEvers, Dale V. Sandstrom