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District Attorney Suspends Use Of Breath Tests In Drunk Driving Cases

Apr 23, 2015 09:52AM ● Published by Bill Gilman

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the officer of Middlesex DA Marian Ryan.)

Statement from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan on discovery of a problem with the accuracy of some breath tests in operating under the influence cases:

“In mid-March we were notified by the Office of Alcohol Testing that there was an issue with breath tests given to several identified defendants in Middlesex County.  We have notified defense attorneys in those active cases and we are in the process of contacting attorneys in identified disposed cases.

Last Wednesday, April 15, we met with representatives of the State Police and they informed us that the problem may go beyond those isolated cases.  As a result of this additional information, conscious always of our obligation to ensure that the integrity of our evidence be above reproach and in an abundance of caution, I have instructed Assistant District Attorneys in my office to suspend the use of breath test results in operating under the influence cases until further notice.” 


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