DUI blood-test “anom­alies” cause re­view

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son

State of­fi­cials are re­view­ing DUI blood-al­co­hol tests af­ter “anom­alies” — vari­ances be­tween pri­vate lab­o­ra­tory re­sults and state test re­sults — were found re­cently.

The Colorado Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion is work­ing with the Colorado Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health and En­vi­ron­ment to re­view dis­crep­an­cies iden­ti­fied by Che­maTox Lab­o­ra­tory, a pri­vate Boul­der firm, in blood sam­ples col­lected by law en­force­ment dur­ing DUI in­ves­ti­ga­tions, ac­cord­ing to CBI.

A CBI and CDPHE re­view found 56 anom­alies out of more than 1,500 DUI blood tests done since July 1, 2015.

“There is no in­di­ca­tion that any de­fen­dant was in­ap­pro­pri­ately charged with an of­fense based on test re­sults show­ing an er­ro­neously high level of al­co­hol in a driver’s blood­stream,” the CBI said in a news re­lease.

Che­maTox be­came aware of a dis­crep­ancy in Novem­ber, when the lab was no­ti­fied by a de­fense at­tor­ney of a wide vari­ance be­tween its test re­sult, which it did on be­half of the de­fense at­tor­ney’s client, and the CBI’s test re­sult in the same case.

Che­maTox no­ti­fied the CBI of the vari­ance in De­cem­ber.

KCNC- Chan­nel 4 in Den­ver first re­ported on the vari­ances Mon­day.

The CBI and CDPHE re­view is on­go­ing.

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