- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Delays at North Carolina’s state crime laboratory have grown so bad that Winston-Salem city officials are hiring a private company to test alcohol and drug evidence.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1vOAPgm ) that law enforcement officials say the move will dramatically improve the prosecution of cases involving defendants accused of driving drunk or dealing drugs.

Winston-Salem Police forensics services supervisor Karen Watson says workers will be at the city’s public safety training center on Monday to start setting up equipment for the crime lab.

Watson says blood-alcohol and drug evidence took months and sometimes even years to test by the State Crime Lab. Results in nearly 370 local cases were waiting as of mid-November. Almost 300 of those involved DWI charges.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, https://www.journalnow.com

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