PA. State Police Suspend Use of Breathalyzers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - 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 tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the suspension 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 says 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 says the change might actually result in more motorists being charged since blood tests can detect drug intoxication while breathalyzers cannot.