Pennsylvania State Police Suspend Breath Tests For DUI Suspects

Pennsylvania State Police have temporarily stopped using breath alcohol testing for DUI suspects in the wake of a court decision that calls the devices’ accuracy into question.

The suspension, which took effect Jan. 9, is a precaution pending the outcome of an appeal in the case, state police spokesman Adam Reed said.  In the meantime, state police will require DUI suspects to undergo blood testing, Reed said.

Dauphin County Judge Lawrence Clark dismissed DUI charges against 20 motorists after an attorney challenged the procedures used to calibrate breath alcohol testing machines used by the state police.

Clark wrote in his Jan. 31 decision that the failure of a manufacturer to use an independent laboratory in the initial calibration of the machines raised serious questions about the accuracy of their results, rendering them inadmissible as evidence in court.

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