KEYSTONE COPS: 1,147 Drunk Driving Arrests In Limbo Because Breath-Testing Equipment Was Faulty


6ABC: 1 ,147 cases were affected between September, 2009 and November, 2010. The issue came to light when defense attorney Charles Peruto raised an objection in court to a questionable breathalyzer result. He predicts there may be as many as 5,000 tainted cases and most of those defendants will walk. MORE

DAILY NEWS: Police initially thought that one machine caused the problem, affecting 416 DUI cases. But as they tested more machines, they uncovered more problems. By Tuesday, they determined that five of the department’s eight machines had been miscalibrated, although one had not been in service.That added up to at least 1,147 arrests dating from September 2009 through November 2010, Ramsey said. That accounts for more than 10 percent of the 10,000 DUI arrests the city averages a year. Ramsey blamed the bungle on one officer who was responsible for calibrating the machines. That officer has been reassigned. MORE


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