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Jun 8, 2015 6:29 PM

Computer glitch could challenge DWI arrests by more than 100 officers


Right now more than 100 police officers across New Hampshire may be testing and arresting people for DWI without the proper certification.

Attorney John Durkin says the cause is likely a computer glitch in a third-party recertification exam for the Intoxilyzer 5000 - also known as the Breathalyzer.

In short, officers were wrongly told they passed the annual test.

“It’s a very serious problem, and we know it’s a big problem," Durkin said. "The question is how big?”

The N.H. Department of Safety confirmed the problem, but hasn’t released the details criminal defense attorneys critically and urgently need to potentially clear their clients.

“We want the names of the officers involved, which police departments they work for, and how long this has been a problem,” Durkin said. “The flow of information and the quantity of information was far too insufficient for us to figure out what the scope of the problem is.”

Until that information is released, Durkin said there’s no way to tell how many drunken driving arrests and convictions may be challenged.

NH1 News reached out to the Department of Safety and the N.H. Police and Training Council for comment.

So far, no one has responded.

We will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as soon as we learn them.


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