September 21, 1988 |
A New Jersey Superior Court judge threw out two drunken-driving convictions yesterday, ruling that widely used breath tests are highly inaccurate and raising questions about the prosecution of such cases in Burlington County. In overturning the two convictions and referring two others back to municipal courts, Judge Martin L. Haines cited evidence from experts that the field test, known as a Breathalyzer, can be off by as much as 50 percent. Three of the cases were on appeal from Medford Municipal Court; one was from Burlington Township.
August 2, 1989 |
Fieldsboro Mayor Edward G. Tyler has lost his bid to have a Burlington County judge overturn his conviction for failing to take a Breathalyzer test. Superior Court Judge Martin L. Haines, in a ruling released yesterday, said the state law governing Breathalyzer tests is constitutional and that Tyler did not have the right to consult with a lawyer before he took the test. Haines also wrote in his opinion that anyone who drives on a public highway has, in effect, consented to take a Breathalyzer test if police require one. Tyler's attorney, William E. Sitzler, said that Tyler intended to appeal Haines' ruling.
May 3, 1998 |
Next fall, high school students here will have a new test to worry about. A Breathalyzer test. Residents of Sayville, a tidy village on Long Island's south shore, like to think of their community as almost problem-free. But when scores of students showed up drunk at a high school dance in March, some started to worry. School officials did more, formulating a plan to conduct alcohol checks with a Breathalyzer at the beginning of each school day. Under the planned policy, starting in September a student whose breath or behavior raises suspicion will be told to take the test.
December 2, 2001 |
Suspected drunk drivers in New Jersey soon will have to blow into a testing device that represents a switch to new technology for the first time in decades. The state Attorney General's Office plans to abandon Breathalyzer methods, invented in 1953, for a roadside tester that uses more sophisticated means to determine whether and how much drivers have been drinking. The pilot program begins Monday as the first new unit - called the Alcotest 7110 - in the state is scheduled to arrive at the Pennsauken Police Department in Camden County.
March 7, 1991 |
To lengthen the list of people arrested for drunken driving and shorten the list of those killed by drunk drivers, a local Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter last week urged the use of a new breath-alcohol tester in New Jersey. The new tester, called the Intoxilyzer, uses infrared technology to measure the alcohol in a person's blood by analyzing a breath sample blown into the machine. New Jersey is one of four states that do not use infrared testers such as the Intoxilyzer, said Bob Gratz, sales manager for CMI of Owensboro, Ky., maker of the Intoxilyzer.
December 23, 2003 |
Flyers winger Donald Brashear was charged with drunken driving after being pulled over early Friday in Waterford Township, Camden County, police said. Brashear is slated to appear Jan. 8 in Waterford Township Municipal Court to answer charges of driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test, according to Sgt. Dan Cormaney of the Waterford Police Department. Cormaney said last night that Brashear was arrested at 3:01 a.m. Friday when his black 2002 Ford pickup was stopped after it was seen swerving while leaving a shopping center.
January 17, 2013 |
STATE REP. Cherelle L. Parker (D, Phila.) was convicted of driving under the influence Wednesday morning and was sentenced to three days in county jail and suspension of her driver's license for a year. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge S. Gerald Corso, who was assigned to the case by the Attorney General's Office, made the ruling in Municipal Court. Parker's attorney, Joseph Kelly, left the courtroom proclaiming Parker's innocence and pledging to appeal the ruling, which would set off a lengthy process that would keep the lawmaker out of jail until its conclusion.
January 18, 2013 |
State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker, leader of the city's House delegation in Harrisburg, was found guilty of drunken driving Wednesday for a 2011 incident in which her blood-alcohol level tested at twice Pennsylvania's legal threshold of intoxication. After a brief trial without witnesses in the Criminal Justice Center, the former president judge of Montgomery County Court, S. Gerald Corso, ruled Parker guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol, based on police arrest records, Breathalyzer results, and related documents.
March 26, 2011
In a recent poll, city police got impressive marks from Philadelphians for being professional and courteous, and the leadership style of Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey could be part of the reason. This week, Ramsey was front and center, announcing that police failed to calibrate Breathalyzer machines accurately. The embarrassing disclosure Wednesday revealed that evidence might be compromised in 1,147 drunken driving cases. With refreshing candor, the commissioner made no effort to duck responsibility for what he called "human error," saying, "We screwed up, folks.