DUI Blood Tests Flood DPS Lab

The Arizona Republic
October 11, 2001

DUI BLOOD TESTS FLOOD DPS LAB
Jim Walsh, The Arizona Republic

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A backlog of blood test requests from police to the state Department of Public Safety's laboratory has forced prosecution delays and some case dismissals.

Todd Griffith, DPS' scientific analysis superintendent, acknowledged that blood test requests from police have swamped the lab. The three criminalists on duty tested about 9,000 blood samples last year, double the 4,000 to 5,000 routinely tested only a couple of years ago, he said.


Craig Penrod, a defense attorney, said blood testing became more popular with police after judges in Phoenix and Glendale city courts tossed out thousands of breath tests following challenges to the accuracy of breath testing machines.

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