Lawyer Unveils Government's Efforts to Conceal Broken Source Code

Posted On September 22, 2008

Hundreds of Innocent Drivers Convicted of DWI

Minnesota is convicting innocent drivers of DWI as part of a conspiracy to conceal fatal flaws in the software that controls breath-testing machines used in drunk driving investigations, attorney Chuck Ramsay says.

The current version of Intoxilyzer 5000 software - in use since 2004 - inflates accused DWI drivers' blood alcohol content readings, Ramsay said. In addition, the machine now requires a much larger breath sample than most drivers are physically able to provide. Those who can't provide a sufficient sample are charged with chemical test refusal, a more serious offense in Minnesota than DWI. Many plead guilty to the less severe DWI crime, waiving their right to challenge the breath test result.

Chuck Ramsay's Breath Test Machine: Intoxilyzer 5000, Manufactured by CMI, Inc.

The machine's manufacturer, CMI of Owensboro, Kentucky, attempted to correct the problem in April 2007 by providing the state with updated software. Minnesota officials, however, have refused to install the updated software in its Intoxilyzer machines, leaving the critically flawed software in use, Ramsay said.

"Thousands of people may have been harmed by the defective software. As long as they refuse to fix the problem, many more innocent citizens will be affected," he said.

For more information about Minnesota's refusal to address critical flaws in its breath-testing technology, please contact DWI attorney Chuck Ramsay at 651.604.0000. Ramsay has posted government documents on his website supporting his claim.

Posted by Charles A. Ramsay