Nassau courts brace for more DWI, drug appeals

Nassau County courts are bracing for a wave of appeals in drunken and drugged-driving cases following a judge's decision to toss out a woman's DWI

WOODBURY - Nassau County courts are bracing for a wave of appeals in drunken and drugged-driving cases following a judge's decision to toss out a woman's DWI conviction due to the county?s crime lab.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice shut down the lab last month after discovering alleged inaccuracies in drug analysis and mismatched paperwork involving blood-alcohol levels and toxicology reports.

Some cases are now in question, including the manslaughter trial of Kayla Gerdes, who allegedly ran over a woman with her van while high on drugs. Testing had shown she was high on prescription drugs, but those results may be inaccurate.

The Nassau County Bar Association says it wants Rice's office to go back and retest all blood samples for DWI and drug cases within at least the last three years. The head of Nassau's Bar Association says countless other cases could be overturned.

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