Failure to accommodate request for independent test renders state’s test results inadmissible.

Topic: DUI, Decided by: Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1500263 , Decision Date: February 11, 2015 
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The arresting officer obtained an additional state-administered chemical test in response to a DUI suspect’s invocation of her right to an independent test.  Provision of the second state-administered test was insufficient to meet the statutory requirement that the arresting officer make efforts to accommodate the DUI suspect’s request for a test administered by qualified personnel of her own choosing.  Accordingly, the results of the state-administered test were inadmissible pursuant to Georgia law.

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