Engineering Expert Testifies On Alcohol Breath Tester

An Athens County drunken-driving case could provide defense attorneys with ammunition to challenge the reliability of an alcohol breath-tester commonly used in Ohio.  Municipal Judge William A. Grim agreed to hear testimony challenging the Intoxilyzer 8000 to determine whether the testimony will be allowed in the trial.

Thomas E. Workman Jr., a Massachusetts attorney who holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and has worked for companies including Texas Instruments, Hewlett-Packard and Xerox, testified that the machine’s design makes it more likely than others to misidentify other substances as being alcohol.

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