Numerous news sources in Colorado are reporting about a series of erroneously high blood alcohol results in DUI cases that were reported by the crime lab. The Colorado Gazette published the following:
Prosecutors have begun contacting lawyers for 82 defendants whose drunken driving charges were based in part upon incorrect blood alcohol tests by the Colorado Springs police crime lab.
In each of the cases, test results reported by the forensic chemist unit of the Metro Crime Lab were higher that the actual results, police officials disclosed Friday.
The Examiner.com reports this:
It is unknown how much impact the inaccurate tests have had on criminal convictions this year. According to the Gazette, prosecutors are contacting lawyers for the defendants affected by the incorrect test results. The Revenue Department has already restored the driving privileges of at least three individuals who had been convicted of drunken driving as a result of the faulty results.
Several Colorado authorities including the Bureau of Investigations and the Police Internal Affairs department are investigating the situation to determine what went wrong.
KRDO (a local ABC affiliate) reported:
“We’re going to have them retested. They’re going to be retested by an independent laboratory, that’s going to be CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigation),” said El Paso/Teller County Assistant District Attorney Dan Zook. “On those cases that are retested, if those individuals are still over the limit, we’ll prosecute them, if they’re not, we won’t.”
The thing to take away from this report is that THIS time the lab caught their error, and samples are being re-analyzed. The important thing to remember, is that they will be re-analyzed by an independent crime lab. This is where Forensics Guy, Inc. and Forensic Analysis Consulting Services, Inc. can help. Feel free to contact us with questions about how we can meet your independent forensic science needs. Whether you are a police agency, prosecutor, defense attorney, or private citizen, we can help.
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