Apr 20, 2010 4:52 AM by John Romero
We now know more about some problems with dui testing in Colorado Springs. Investigators first started looking into this back in November 2009. As a result, nearly 8,000 blood alcohol tests from 2006 till 2009 had to be re-tested with 200 resulting in false readings. They now say a chemist at the metro crime lab, made errors in administering those tests. "There's no good reason or good explanation as to why that discrepancy should been there." explains Dr. Ian Fitch with the Metro Crime Lab, "But we did believe that it was due to a human error due to sample preparation."
That chemist, whose identity wasn't revealed, no longer works there. "The Metro Crime Lab initiated a formal corrective action plan, and determined that the root cause of this problem to be human error on the part of that single forensic chemist who is no longer employed with the Colorado Springs Police Department." says Sgt. Steve Noblitt with CSPD.
As for the 200 flawed tests, 9 of them have resulted in changes to the case. 5 of those defendants received lighter punishment and the other 4 had their cases dismissed outright. El Paso County District Attorney Dan May says in some of those cases, defendants were refunded their court fees.