WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from Colorado officials who want to make it easier for authorities to take blood samples from suspected drunk drivers without their permission or a warrant.

The justices on Monday let stand a state supreme court ruling that excluded evidence of a Colorado man's blood test that showed his blood-alcohol level at the time of a traffic accident was nearly three times the legal limit.

Colorado had argued that police should be allowed to order blood samples when there is not enough time to get a warrant before blood alcohol levels decrease.

In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that authorities must consider several factors and be able to justify why they did not obtain a warrant before drawing blood.