D.C. Won't Get New Breath Test Before March

Issue has jeopardized hundreds of drunk driving cases

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011  |  Updated 7:11 PM EDT
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D.C. Won't Get New Breath Test Before March

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D.C. won't get new breath tests to check blood alcohol content until at least March.

The D.C. Council held a public hearing at the Wilson Building Wednesday focusing on problems with the city's enforcement against drunken drivers.

District officials say blood-alcohol machines that are inaccurately calibrated have called into question hundreds of drunken driving convictions and resulted in other cases being dismissed.

Police have stopped using the machines and are relying on urine tests and field sobriety tests to build cases against drunken drivers.

Council member Phil Mendelson had asked the Office of the Attorney General to come up with a timeline for fixing the problem.

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