The Crown Prosecution Service has this morning (Monday, February 20) discontinued a drug driving case after the man’s lawyer, Nick “Mr Loophole” Freeman, challenged the results of a blood sample sent by police to a private business embroiled in a major criminal investigation.
The decision by the CPS comes just 24 hours after two employees at Randox Testing Services’ Manchester site – which conducts forensic tests on behalf of the police in suspected drug-driving cases – were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
Police were called to the government-approved supplier of forensic services after questions were raised over the reliability of blood test results, and whether quality control and calibration data had been deliberately manipulated.
Last December, Mr Freeman’s firm, Manchester-based Freeman & Co, wrote to the CPS saying their expert had reviewed the results provided by the Randox Laboratory. They showed data anomalies and were, therefore, likely to be unreliable.
The client, a 26-year-old Chester man, had been arrested in December 2015 on suspicion of drug driving. He gave a blood sample which was sent to Randox for analysis.
The results claimed to show the driver was not only over the prescribed limit for cannabis, but his blood also tested positive for traces of cocaine and another drug, which the defendant disputed.
Mr Freeman said: “We asked our expert to look at the Randox report. He identified a number of analytical issues that affected the reliability of the results.
“We wrote to the CPS two months ago raising our concerns but we heard nothing from them until this morning when we contacted them again. This time they came back within 30 minutes to say the case against our client was now being discontinued.
“Every drug drive case where a conviction has hinged on data from Randox must, in my view, be reviewed. This current police investigation will have massive implications for drug drivers who have been convicted on the strength of a Randox blood-sample test.
“If it wasn’t for the thorough and diligent work of our own expert, and his concerns over this case, our client may well have been wrongly convicted.”
Mr Freeman added the investigation was at an embryonic stage and he believed it could also bring into serious doubt convictions in relation to a large number of other similar cases.
Mr Freeman said: “We shall be reviewing all cases in which Randox has been involved in providing expert evidence which has resulted in conviction.”
About Freeman & Co.
Freeman & Co. are a specialist firm of road traffic and criminal defence solicitors based in Manchester but with nationwide coverage.
Freeman & Co. specialise in a wide variety of road traffic cases, ranging from drink driving, speeding and mobile phone offences, to name but a few.
The firm was created by Nick Freeman, who has been dubbed “Mr Loophole” by the press for his technical legal ability and robustly challenging the prosecution.
Nick is well regarded as an expert road traffic lawyer and has successfully represented many high profile clients for a variety of motoring offences as well as criminal offences.
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