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State v. Mr. B (DMC No. 16066)

Not Guilty/Complete Acquittal at Jury Trial – DUI & DWI ( .109 BAC) – State v. Mr. B (DMC No. 16066) – Dec 6, 2019 – Prescott City Court (Case No. TR2018-000345): Mr. B was seen in the city of Prescott leaving a local beer festival. The officer claimed that Mr. B failed to stop at a stop sign while traveling north on Mount Vernon Street. Once he was stopped, the officer smelled an odor of alcohol and a DUI investigation ensued. Mr. B was subsequently arrested and taken to the police station.

Once he was there, he was given a breath test which showed .087 blood alcohol concentration and a blood test that showed his blood alcohol concentration was .101. At trial, we were able to suppress the Intoxilyzer reading due to the device being taken out of service for an unknown reason. The police could not explain in the maintenance logs why that machine had to be removed, and the judge suppressed the evidence of the two breath tests. As to the blood test, the temperature storage record was not produced at trial, which raised doubts as to the validity of the blood reading. In addition, the auto-pipettor pulled more than 100 microliters, which had the potential to artificially inflate Mr. B’s reading. Lastly, Mr. B performed extremely well on the officer’s body camera video, and it showed that the officer was not being truthful when he was testifying. The jury came back with a Complete Acquittal on all charges.

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