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Drink drive tests face challenge.

Byline: IAN MILLER

HUNDREDS of drink-drive convictions could be challenged after it was claimed in court that blood tests were checked by an unauthorised scientist.

A sample from secretary Claire Marshall, 30, was analysed and signed for by forensic toxicologist Dr Gavin Trotter, of the Laboratory of the Government Chemist.

She is alleged to have had 147mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood when the legal limit is 80mg.

Solicitor Edgar Piper said: "We're not prepared to accept that evidence.

"We have not received a certificate signed by an authorised analyst."

Ann Smout, prosecuting, said: "He's a chartered chemist entitled to undertake analysis and produce a witness statement."

LGC took over testing for several police forces from Forensic Science Service analysts last April

Magistrates at Newport, Isle of Wight, adjourned the case until next month.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2002
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