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Judge will allow blood-alcohol test
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A man who banked his hopes on a loophole in the law may now have to face trial on drunk driving charges after a blood-alcohol test, which showed he was driving at twice the legal limit when he rolled his truck, will be allowed into evidence.
The suspect, Pedro Ramirez Martinez, was assigned a July 27 trial date by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley after the judge rejected a motion to suppress his blood-alcohol test.
The defense had maintained the intoximeter tester had not observed Martinez long enough before giving the test. Protocol requires a 20-minute observation period before giving the test to make sure the suspect puts nothing in his mouth that could taint the outcome. Judge Stanley did not find enough evidence to suggest the certified officer neglected his duty to observe Martinez for the required time before giving the test.
The test itself came back with a .16 reading, which is twice the state’s legal limit for intoxication which is set at .08. Martinez was tested after he wrecked and rolled his truck near Bethany. Officers said he did not do well on field sobriety tests and had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. They also said the Manchester man had a lengthy driving violation history.