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Drunk driver's wet-wipe defence thrown out on appeal

TT/Christine Demsteader · 9 Jan 2010, 12:42

Published: 09 Jan 2010 12:42 GMT+01:00

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The man from Vännas, near Umeå in northern Sweden, confessed to driving over the legal limit.

The man was requested to take a blood test and, as is standard medical procedure, a nurse used a packaged wet towel to clean and disinfect the area beforehand.

The towel contained alcohol which was evidence enough for a district court in Umeå to acquit him on all charges.

The case was thrown out because the test, which revealed he had a blood-alcohol content level of over 1,5 milimetres, could not be deemed valid due to the element of alcohol in the towel which could have affected the result.

In the appeal court hearing prosecutor Inga-Lis Adervall-Åström brought in a medical expert who confirmed there is little or no risk that a blood test can be affected by cleaning the area beforehand.

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The man was found guilty and sentenced 50 hours of community service.

TT/Christine Demsteader (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:24 January 9, 2010 by byke
I dont believe in drink driving and strongly believe that anyone caught should be dealt with strongly.

But am I the only one concerned about this style of court proceeding?
13:47 January 9, 2010 by hjoian
im sure if the defendents lawyer had a family member killed by a drink driver,then using the wet wipe as an excuse to allow this person free wouldnt happen. Change the law if need be,but dont let these idiots kill innocent people...and dont let them get away with it!!
20:15 January 9, 2010 by Sensiblenick
"Which revealed he had a blood-alcohol content level of over 1,5 milimetres"

Holy cow!!! A stunning 0.06 Inches of Alcohol...

I love The Local... where the figures are solid and trustworthy.
22:18 January 9, 2010 by Keith #5083
Amazing, that any court could wet-wipe a man's confession!!! Astounding that any lawyer could so clearly go against his client's word!!!

It is fair and proper that procedures be enacted which do not influence the results of tests and if there is any reasonable doubt that a court take into account such doubt. But,hey, wait a minute - the guy confessed! He said 'I did it', I drove my vehicle whilst over the legal limit.

The guy confessed!! His lawyer didn't plead police brutality, torture, or anything like that. The guy said - I'm guilty! Case closed.

Oh, but to be fair, maybe the court felt he was too drunk at the time of his confession to know what he was saying. Ermm...ahhh... what?!?

I think the police should investigate any possible direct or indirect links between the court officials and this man! Some mud is sticking here and cannot be wet-wiped away.
21:55 January 10, 2010 by jon f
Money buy way out it
10:30 January 11, 2010 by La Figaro
At last, common sense and simple logic has prevailed.
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