State v. Warf

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192 S.E.2d 37 (1972)

16 N.C. App. 431

STATE of North Carolina v. James Calvin WARF.

No. 7211SC585.

Court of Appeals of North Carolina.

October 25, 1972.

*38 Atty. Gen. Robert Morgan, by Associate Atty. Gen. E. Thomas Maddox, Jr., for the State.

Pittman, Staton & Betts, by William W. Staton and Ronald Penny, Sanford, for defendant appellant.

BRITT, Judge.

Defendant's assignments of error all question the admissibility into evidence, over defendant's objection, of the results of a breathalyzer test given to defendant when there was no evidence presented by the State that (1) the test was administered according to methods approved by the State Board of Health and that (2) the test was administered by a person possessing a valid permit issued by the State Board of Health for that purpose, as required by G.S. § 20-139.1(b). The assignments of error are well taken.

The decisions of this court in State v. Caviness, 7 N.C.App. 541, 173 S.E.2d 12 (1970); State v. Powell, 10 N.C.App. 726, 179 S.E.2d 785, affirmed 279 N.C. 608, 184 S.E.2d 243 (1971), and State v. Chavis, N.C. App., 190 S.E.2d 374 (1972) are controlling here. In Caviness a new trial was ordered for failure of the State to meet either requirement of G.S. § 20-139.1(b). In Powell we held that both requirements must be complied with and further that the State may prove compliance in any proper and acceptable manner. In Chavis we pointed out that although the manner of proof is left up to the State, the failure to offer any proof is not sanctioned by the courts and the defendant was granted a new trial because "such failure resulted in clear and manifest error prejudicial to defendant."

Since the record in the instant case fails to reveal any proof to satisfy the statutory requirements, for the reasons set forth in the above cited cases, defendant is awarded a

New trial.

MALLARD, C. J., and BROCK, J., concur.