7 DUI cases dismissed after Springs lab errors
April 20, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Seven DUI cases were dismissed and charges were reduced in two others following a review of faulty blood-alcohol tests at the Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab.
Colorado Springs authorities in December announced the discovery of errors and a review of results at the lab where the alcohol content in blood samples was higher than the true result. Earlier this year, officials from the lab said the problems were a result of how a solvent was used by a chemist during the testing process.
In all, the lab retested 7,892 blood alcohol cases dating back to 2006 and found a total of 206 errors. Of the nine affected cases, five defendants had served jail time.