- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - For nearly two months, D.C. police have been working with only one of eight breath-test machines used to measure the blood-alcohol content of suspected drunken drivers.

The machines require regular certification for results to be used in court and officials tell The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/1Qrip0R) that several were taken out of service after the one worker trained to test them left. Currently, only one Intoximeter is in use, though urine and blood tests are also available.

Chief Medical Examiner Roger Mitchell Jr., whose office runs the breath-testing program, says he suspended the program when the supervisor resigned. He says additional workers have now been trained to maintain the machines.

Officials say three more Intoximeters will be running this week and the rest will return to service next month.


Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com



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