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Sorry, officer: County incorrectly calculates blood-alcohol level of suspected drunken drivers

People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county.

Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasider tells the Daily American (http://bit.ly/1v5IN9x ) that a hospital has been testing drivers' blood serum, not whole blood, when doing the tests.

As a result, the blood-alcohol content has been overestimated by as much as 15 percent.

That's important because the blood-alcohol level is used to determine whether someone is legally drunk and, in some cases, whether they deserve more severe punishment.

Tests using blood serum can be used as evidence, but only if a calculation is done to convert the percentage of alcohol found as though it were taken from a whole blood sample.

The prosecutor says her office failed to perform those calculations and is reviewing some cases.

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Information from: Daily American, http://www.dailyamerican.com

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