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PA state police suspend use of breathalyzers

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 31, 2013 4:55 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- State police say they have temporarily suspended use of breathalyzer machines in suspected drunken driving cases because of a judge's concerns about the accuracy of the devices. 

Spokesman Adam Reed says the decision stems from a Dauphin County judge's decision to throw out several DUI cases after learning that one manufacturer had omitted a state requirement to have a liquid solution tested by independent labs.

Reed said the case is being appealed, but as a precaution police will temporarily refrain from using the devices.

Instead, he says, suspects will be taken to a police facility or hospital for a blood-alcohol test.

Reed said the change might actually result in more motorists being charged since blood tests can detect drug intoxication while breathalyzers cannot.

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