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Challenges cast doubt on new machines used locally

February 12, 2013

The Marietta Police Department and the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol have stopped use of the Intoxilyzer 8000, a new breathalyzer machine issued to them free of charge by the Ohio......

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Feb-13-13 1:19 PM

cont:The trooper observed him and went over to the patrol car, opened the door asking the drunk what he thought he was doing. The drunk replied, you might as well take my b u t t to jail, cause there ain't no way I can pass that test.

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Feb-13-13 1:19 PM

Old Joke: A Virginia State trooper pulled a car over on I-64 about 2 miles south of the Virginia/ West Virginia Stateline. When the trooper asked the driver why he was speeding, the driver said he was a Magician and Juggler and was on his way to Beckley WV to do a show at the Shrine Circus. He didn't want to be late. The trooper told the driver he was fascinated by juggling and said if the driver would do a little juggling for him then he wouldn't give him a ticket. He told the trooper he had sent his equipment ahead and didn't have anything to juggle. The trooper said he had some flares in the trunk and asked if he could juggle them. The juggler said he could, so the trooper got 5 flares, lit them and handed them to him. While the man was juggling, a car pulled in behind the patrol car. A drunken good old boy from West Virginia got out, watched the performance, then went over to the patrol car, opened the rear door and got in. The trooper observed him and went over to the patrol c

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Feb-12-13 6:01 PM

Does anyone else find it questionable that the police chief says they used it on maybe one occasion, and of course the one time they used it the guy was found to be drunk (per the fact that Marietta has one DUI case to try associated with the device)?

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Feb-12-13 4:38 PM

Not a problem, don't use the machine at all. Use the police officer's portable breathalyzer, if it shows over the limit, off to the hospital to draw blood you go. If your blood alcohol level is at or above allowable, you pay the hospital charges, if it is lower, the state, city or county police pay for it and you are sent on your way.

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Feb-12-13 3:29 PM

don't drink and drive= no need to worry if they are accurate machines or not. idiots drink and drive. if you can't go anywhere without alcohol in your system...then you have a major problem and i do not desire for your problem to become mine or anyone elses. be a considerate drinker and DON'T DRIVE!

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Feb-12-13 10:49 AM

What are the facts? Does the machine accurately measure BAC? How does it compare to blood samples. Are the police using it properly? Seems to be a lot of attorneys trying to get their clients off by questioning the validity of the measurement. Good for them. That can be proven with science.

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Feb-12-13 10:23 AM

I thought a visiting judge was hearing these cases due to a 'conflict".

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Feb-12-13 9:37 AM

First of all, mattelliott, no judge likes to be overturned on appeal. Obviously there is some question as to the validity of the machine. Judge Welch combined the cases for a reason--the evidence is questionable. I would bet the cases get dismissed. Second of all, when a case comes before her, Judge Welch doesn't look at it as a cash cow. If all she were concerned with was money, she could have bankrupted the city over the new court facilities. But she didn't. She worked hard to find an alternative viable solution and did it well. I'm sure she has her faults, but I don't believe that money groveling is one of them.

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Feb-12-13 7:18 AM

Since the I8000 appears to generate more revenue for the "system", you can be assured it will be approved for use.

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