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The law in Texas that allows officers to take a person to a medical facility to draw blood for a suspected DUI is under the Implied Consent Law, Texas Tranportation Code 724
. Texas Code of criminal procedure 104.002(d) also states that when someone is in custody of law enforcement that the subject is liable for any medical expenses related to their treatment or care and if the officer took you to the hospital for observation and a blood test, even if you subsequently refused the treatment or testing, the liability for the bill would still be your liability.
Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 104.002(d):
(d) A person who is or was a prisoner in a county jail and received medical, dental, or health related services from a county or a hospital district shall be required to pay for such services when they are rendered. If such prisoner is an eligible county resident as defined in Section 61.002, Health and Safety Code, the county or hospital district providing the services has a right of subrogation to the prisoner's right of recovery from any source, limited to the cost of services provided. A prisoner, unless the prisoner fully pays for the cost of services received, shall remain obligated to reimburse the county or hospital district for any medical, dental, or health services provided, and the county or hospital district may apply for reimbursement in the manner provided by Chapter 61, Health and Safety Code. A county or hospital district shall have authority to recover the amount expended in a civil action
Since you were under arrest for DUI, you are a prisoner of the county at that point.
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