ABC News 27
April 21, 2010

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Carlisle, Pa. – Cumberland County is now in a class of its own when it comes to testing the blood of suspected drunk drivers.

This past weekend, three men had their blood drawn at the county booking center. It was then analyzed at a county forensic lab. According to District Attorney Dave Freed all three were over the legal limit.

“In the long run we’re not paying for outside lab tests, we’re not paying for the time of the people who have been involved in the testing to have to come into court and testify,” Freed said.

Freed said the process is unlike any other in the state. A part-time county phlebotomist will man the booking center during peak DUI hours, on Friday and Saturday nights. During those hours police won’t have to take a suspect to the hospital for a blood test, meaning they can get back on patrol sooner.

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