February 10, 2008

WA: more ripples from DUI tox lab snafu

From the Olympian:

County to scrap DUI evidence - Toxicology laboratory’s drunken-driving breath tests considered questionable

The Thurston County Prosecutor's Office has decided not to use breath-test evidence that was called into question by problems at the state toxicology laboratory, affecting an unspecified number of local drunken-driving cases...

A recent ruling against the state's evidence by judges in Clark County was particularly convincing, Thurston County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jim Powers said... "It's just, in their opinion, not appropriate to be offering evidence that resulted from these kinds of practices. That sort of hit us, saying that's really not the kind of evidence we want to be offering against people in court," he said...