Dauphin County will discontinue breath testing in DUI cases

The in-house breathalyzer machine that came into question last month in Dauphin County may never be used again.

District Attorney Ed Marsico has discontinued the use of all breath testing machines that are used in police stations. This comes after Judge Lawrence Clark ruled the machines are not reliable.

Marsico is requesting that police in the county use blood testing for all DUI cases.

He says the tests could help identify more impaired drivers. Blood tests can detect if a driver is under the influence of illegal drugs or prescription medication.

Marsico, who will appeal Judge Clark's ruling, says the county is taking the necessary steps to transition to blood testing. That includes developing working relationships with labs and phlebotomists to handle samples.



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