Thursday, October 20, 2011

Isn't it ironic? (Don't you think?)

Sgt. Roy Marquez of the Houston Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Division (the guys in charge of the DWI task force) found himself on the opposite side of the line earlier this week in Pasadena. It seems that Sgt. Marquez ran a red light and ended up rolling his SUV after being struck by another car. It also seems that Sgt. Marquez had had a little bit to drink that night. After he declined the offer to blow into the breath test machine, a search warrant was signed authorizing the state to jab a needle into his arm and draw his blood. A blood test then showed an alcohol concentration of .127.

The most amazing thing about this story is not that a police officer was driving while intoxicated (we've already seen that), but that the blood test results were back within four days. I've got cases in which I can't get the results of fingerprint analysis for weeks or I can't get anyone to run a gun to see if it's been used in a crime -- but the lab can get the sample, catalog it, prep it, run it through the gas chromatograph and deliver the results to the DA in less than four days. Unbelievable.

Enjoy the irony...

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