Ohio turns over results of dozens of breath-alcohol tests

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state Department of Health has turned over results from alcohol breath-test machines for more than 160 cases following an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that allowed drunken driving defendants to challenge the accuracy of certain results.

The court said last year that while Ohio law prohibits challenges of the general reliability of state-approved testing machines, it does not prevent someone from challenging the reliability of a specific machine.

Health Department spokesman Melanie Amato says the department has provided defense attorneys and prosecutors who’ve requested the information the underlying data for 164 results from Intoxilyzer 8000 breath-test machines.

Defense lawyers have suggested the information could help prove the results are inaccurate and the machines are legally unreliable for drunken driving convictions, claims the state denies.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s