Ad­dict off hook – thanks to ‘high on meth’ ex­pert

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A METH ad­dict has had a con­vic­tion for pos­ses­sion quashed by a judge – because a wit­ness was high on the drug when he gave ev­i­dence. James Bachtell

39, was ar­rested af­ter police found meth residue in a glass pipe in his pocket.

Der­rick Thrush, a foren­sic chemist, tes­ti­fied at Bachtell’s trial.

But Mon­tana’s Cas­cade County At­tor­ney told Bachtell’s lawyer two days af­ter his con­vic­tion that Thrush in­gested meth be­fore the trial and a judge ruled that Thrush im­peded Bachtell’s right to a fair trial.

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