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Blood alcohol test, a follow-up procedure in DUI arrest

Recently, in Federal Way, a suspected drunken driver allegedly struck a bicyclist. The bicyclist sustained serious injuries and was sent to a hospital in Seattle. Based on the report, the collision occurred at approximately 10:50 a.m. on Military Road South. Police arrived at the scene of the crash and investigated the accident. The 31-year-old driver was apprehended by the police on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Following a DUI arrest, blood alcohol content level tests will be conducted to determine if the suspected drunk driver is in fact intoxicated. The current threshold for a person's BAC is 0.08 percent. Anything above the BAC limit will subject the person to DUI charges. However, blood tests are not always 100 percent accurate. A suspected drunk driver's body size, body temperature, physical condition, dentures, disease and diet can affect the results of blood tests. Additionally, how the test was administered can also lead to inaccurate results.

Results from the BAC DataMaster machine, which is often available in the police station, can be used as evidence, but other results may be questioned. So, a suspected drunk driver needs a solid defense as a DUI conviction may lead to the person being required to have an ignition interlock device installed, license suspended, become more educated about alcohol, have a vehicle confiscated and be forced to spend time in jail. But, if the police officer failed to follow proper procedure, the outcome of the case could be much different. The charges could even end up being dismissed.

Source: Thenewstribune.com, "Bicyclist critically injured by suspected drunken driver in Federal Way," Stacia Glenn, Aug. 30, 2013

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