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D.C. Attorney General: Police Must Use Urine Tests For DUI Cases

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Attorney General Irving Nathan says the District must now use urine analysis to test for alcohol content.

Nathan says D.C. right now is caught in a Catch-22. Because of the ongoing problems with faulty breathalyzers, police must now use urine testing, which take longer to complete and are ten times as expensive. But new breathalyzer machines are costly and, at the moment, the city doesn't have the funds for them.

Nathan also says some of the dropped prosecutions stem from an investigation into how some police officers administered the urine tests.

"We're awaiting the outcome of the investigations to see if those protocols were followed, and we have no problem with the officers who were administering it, then we will re-file and proceed," Nathan says.

The attorney general says if funds are made available, the breathalyzer program could be up and running in less than four months.

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