Breathalyzer maker faces court deadline in Tucson

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Thousands of cases could be tossed out

TUCSON -- The maker of a breath-test device believed to be widely used by Arizona law enforcement to arrest suspected drunk drivers faces a court-ordered deadline today.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Deborah Bernini gave CMI Inc. until today to turn over the software source code used in its breathalyzer machine called the Intoxilyzer 8000.

So far, CMI has declined to divulge the code, despite similar court orders across the country.

Defense attorneys say the code will show that the device is error-prone.

The Tucson Citizen says several judge across the country have tossed out the breath-test evidence, which in turn led to prosecutors dismissing the charges.

Information from: Tucson Citizen

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