Palm Beach County DUI defense lawyers failed in their attempt to persuade a panel of seven county judges that the Intoxilyzer 8000 is not an approved instrument in Florida for accurately measuring blood-alcohol levels. The unanimous ruling clears the way for Palm Beach County to proceed in prosecuting more than 400 drunk driving cases.
The DUI defense attorneys asserted that the Intoxilyzer 8000 was not an approved breath test instrument and the people in charge of maintaining and inspecting the breath-test machines destroyed evidence of failed inspections. The judges did not buy either argument. DUI defense attorneys in Palm Beach County will continue to pursue the case as they believe the maker’s of the Intoxilyzer 8000 is refusing to provide key information about the operation of the breath tests machine.