By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Prosecutors said Holt told a jail officer she took a prescribed painkiller before being pulled over, but her attorney challenged that contention, and state police tests showed no drugs in her system.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Jefferson County Attorney's Office says a judge's decision to acquit a Louisville woman of an impaired driving charge shows the shortcomings of Kentucky State Police lab tests.

The Courier-Journal reports the judge said the prosecutor failed to show that 38-year-old Monica Holt was under the influence of anything when she was arrested in 2011.

Prosecutors said Holt told a jail officer she took a prescribed painkiller before being pulled over, but her attorney challenged that contention and state police tests showed no drugs in her system.

Forensic analyst Jason Berry testified the lab tests for only 35 to 40 drugs. He said nine others are being added on April 1, but the lab lacks funding to test for more.

An expert said many state crime labs deal with similar issues.


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