Drink drive tests face challenge.
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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."
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Magistrates at Newport, Isle of Wight Coordinates: Newport is the county town of the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England. Newport has a population of 23,957 according to the 2001 census. , adjourned the case until next month.