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Officials: 9 cases possibly affected by faulty breathalyzers

May 15, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A recent statewide review of alcohol detection equipment has found nine cases in Hampden County that may have been affected by faulty use of breathalyzers.

The Springfield Republican reports (http://bit.ly/1PJVNaB ) the nine cases were discovered by the state Executive Office of Public Safety’s review of more than 39,000 cases where police have used Draeger 9150 detection devices.

Doubts about the accuracy of the equipment came to light in recent months, prompting the review.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni didn’t provide details about the cases or what the outcome of each prosecution was.

Gulluni says his office will resume using testing results as evidence in future drunken driving prosecutions since the review concluded the breathalyzers work when operators are properly trained.


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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