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Lawsuit against Scottsdale Police alleges faulty DUI equipment

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

Several DUI cases out of Scottsdale may be in jeopardy all because of possible glitch at the Scottsdale crime lab. We spoke to one woman whose case was tossed out after doubt was cast on the results of her blood test.

Christy Allen Lee was pulled over by a Scottsdale Police officer. The officer asked her to take a blood test to determine if she was driving under the influence of alcohol.

"I agreed to the blood test because I knew I had had one drink 4 hours prior to driving so I knew it wasn't going to register," says Lee.

But the results showed something different.

"For them to come to me and say it registered, I think it was .134 which I'm sorry in my size, it's not going to happen."

She protested, to no avail.

"Their only response was, you need to fight it then get a lawyer." So she did.

"There is a big problem there," says attorney Craig Rosenstein.

Attorney Craig Rosenstein took Lee's case and was able to raise enough doubt about the blood result at trial that a jury found her not guilty.

This wasn't the first time that Rosenstein suspected results out of the Scottsdale crime lab. And other attorneys he spoke to had similar concerns.

"It appears the Scottsdale crime lab has been using faulty machines for the last 4 years and getting results that have been questionable at best."

We contacted Scottsdale police department about that allegation. They released a statement which read in part: "The Scottsdale Police Lab is an accredited testing forensics lab. We were first accredited in 1996. We have met or exceed the rigorous standards set by American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board every year since then. We continue to adhere to the standards."

Lee's life was turned upside down because of the arrest.

"I lost a job because of it, which was a real hardship I'm a single parent. At the time I was going through a custody case that was dependent on the credibility as a parent. It cost me a fortune. Even to this day the actual arrest is not expunged from my record."

On Monday, a court hearing is scheduled where a judge will be looking at 11 DUI cases out of Scottsdale.


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