State v. AdamsAnnotate this Case
Defendant was at the place of his employment when his employer asked him to submit to a breath test. The results from the employer’s self-contained portable breath-alcohol testing device showed that Defendant had indicators of alcohol in his system, and Defendant was sent home on unpaid leave. Defendant was driving his van after leaving his place of employment when he was stopped and arrested. A police officer administered several field sobriety tests after stopping Defendant. Defendant was subsequently charged with driving under the influence. Before trial, the court granted the State’s motion in limine to exclude any evidence of the workplace breath-alcohol test to challenge the accuracy of the State’s intoxilyzer test. Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to the charge then appealed the order on the motion in limine. The Supreme Court vacated the judgment, holding that Defendant was entitled to challenge the reliability of the test results offered by the State by any appropriate means that is otherwise admissible in evidence, and thus the trial court denied Defendant the opportunity to make a formal offer of proof by excluding evidence of the workplace breath-alcohol test.