06/20/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab Botched 206 DUI Cases, 9 Of Which Were Dismissed Or Reduced

Prosecutors had to dismiss or reduce nine drunken driving charges as a result of 206 errors a former Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab forensic chemist made on cases dating back to 2007, authorities disclosed today.

Of the nine affected cases, seven resulted in DUI charges being dismissed while two resulted in lesser penalties, said 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May. Five of the defendants spent time in jail. Two of those cases dated from 2007 and seven from 2009.

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