Kurt Angle’s Lawyer Calls Failed Alcohol Test Inadmissible
The following statement was sent out on Thursday night by Kurt Angle’s attorney C. Todd Gilbert.
To recap, Angle was arrested last weekend in Virginia for DUI. Angle issued a statement days later saying he did not break any laws by driving with a 0.6 blood alcohol content, below the state’s legal limit of 0.8. Virginia police then followed up with a statement claiming Angle did blow a 0.6 back at the police station – but he also registered a 0.91 immediately after getting pulled over.
Now, Angle’s lawyers are claiming the first breathalyzer test will be inadmissible in court because they claim necessary scientific procedures where not followed. Here’s the statement:
Reported Angle Breath Test Inadmissible Under Virginia Law
Field Test Not Calibrated and Inherently Flawed for Court Use
Front Royal, Virginia— Attorney C. Todd Gilbert who represents Olympian and professional wrestler Kurt Angle issued the following statement today to clarify erroneous media reports about the evidence against Mr. Angle following his arrest Saturday night.
Mr. Gilbert stated, “A local newspaper reported today that my client’s percentage of blood alcohol at the scene of his arrest Saturday night was 091. What the media failed to report is that the handheld field test unit used for this test is so inherently unreliable and the protocols for its use so flawed that these results are inadmissible as evidence under Virginia law.
The results which will be admissible in court, and which vindicate my client, showed that his actual blood alcohol content was a .06, well below the legal limit of .08. The breath testing machine used to determine this accurate .06 level is one that passes the rigorous scientific standards set forth by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science. This testing unit is also subject to equally meticulous written protocols and pre-test calibrations for its use. One such protocol is a 20 minute waiting period to ensure that any residual alcohol present in the mouth will have evaporated prior to testing and will therefore not cause a false positive or a result that is higher that one’s actual blood alcohol content. The handheld breath testing unit used by state troopers in this case is merely a tool to assist police in determining probable cause, but its results are inexact which is why they are inadmissible in court. For example, no such 20 minute waiting period is performed by officers in the field prior to its use. As such, the report today is both incomplete and misleading.
Mr. Angle continues to look forward to having the scientifically valid results of his actual blood alcohol content presented in court in order to clear him of this charge.”