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Breathalyzer errors impact 22 OUI cases in Worcester County - Metro US

Breathalyzer errors impact 22 OUI cases in Worcester County

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SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 26: California Highway Patrol officer Mark Rossetti administers a breathalizer test to a man at a sobriety checkpoint December 26, 2004 in San Francisco, California. The California Highway Patrol reported a total of 1,481 driving under the influence arrests since the December 17 the start of the AVOID regional campaign against drunken driving. AVOID, a regional force of 125 police departments in the San Francisco Bay Area, runs its annual ANTI-DUI campaign from December 17 through January 2. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The Worcester County District Attorney’s Office has identified 22 drunk driving cases in Worcester County that have been tainted by statewide errors in breathalyzer testing according to DA Joseph D. Early Jr.

Early announced that the his office will immediately resume using the results of appropriately calibrated breath tests in court after suspending the results of breathalyzers two weeks ago.

Fifteen of the 22 defendants in the impacted cases were notified and seven more are under review. Early’s office stressed that each case will be evaluated and defense attorneys who handled the affected cases will be given an option for a motion of a new trial.

Secretary of Public Safety Daniel Bennett said that the errors in reading the results of the breath tests was a result of human error and not the functionality or accuracy of the test devices.

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