Posted: Aug 23, 2013 9:37 AM by Associated press
Updated: Aug 23, 2013 10:12 AM
PHOENIX (AP) - Hundreds of DUI cases could be affected after a challenge to the validity of blood-testing equipment in the Scottsdale Police Department's crime lab.
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge threw out blood tests this week in at least 11 felony drunk-driving cases that originated in Scottsdale.
Defense attorneys tell the Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/151ovvU) that many DUI cases in which the suspect's blood was tested on the malfunctioning machine could be impacted.
A spokesman for County Attorney Bill Montgomery says the agency will appeal the judge's ruling.
Court documents show Scottsdale police were aware for years of potential problems with the blood-testing equipment, known as a gas chromatograph.
The equipment reportedly mislabeled vials with wrong names or numbers, quit running during tests and erased baseline information from measurements during test runs.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com
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