DUIs Dismissed

COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) _ Several Cherokee County drunk-driving cases are being thrown out after a judge found that sheriff's deputies illegally detained some of those who had been stopped.

The county attorney's office says other cases are being dismissed because for several months last year, deputies used equipment that was not certified to measure blood-alcohol content.

Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard said the sheriff's department has changed its policy, and deputies are now using equipment that will stand up in court.

A number of cases have been dismissed and Bullard says several more will be dropped in the next few months. He said the number of
DUI suspects who were detained under the old policy is "more than
a handful."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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