DC To Pay 4 Motorists In Breathalyzer Lawsuit

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The District of Columbia has agreed to pay about $20,000 to four people who challenged their drunken driving convictions based on flaws in the police department’s alcohol breath-test equipment.

The payments were revealed in documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington.

The four were part of a group that said their convictions were based on unreliable and inaccurate breath testing equipment. They alleged the devices were not properly calibrated, and that prosecutors continued to rely on the scores even after knowing that the machines were flawed.

Jeffrey Rhodes, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, says the D.C. government should more forcefully admit the errors involved in its testing process. Ted Gest, a spokesman for the Office of Attorney General, said that the office was not acknowledging any liability.

The nationwide limit for blood alcohol content while driving is .08.

(TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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