Ohio to turn over old breath-alcohol test results after Supreme Court ruling

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Department of Health says it will provide defense attorneys with old test results from alcohol breath-test machines after the state Supreme Court ruled that defendants in drunken driving cases can challenge the accuracy of certain tests results.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the department long argued it would be nearly impossible to turn over years’ worth of data from the Intoxilyzer 8000 machines.

But records obtained by the newspaper indicate the department is creating software to enable that and expects to provide the information to attorneys by the beginning of December.

The court last month ruled defendants can challenge accuracy of specific breath-alcohol results and question whether specific machines operated properly. The decision came in the case of a man arrested in Cincinnati in 2011.

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