Regarding the story "Coaldale man beats DUI count when technician fails to appear at hearing", which appeared in the September 19 edition of the TIMES NEWS; the article states that the lab technician from St. Luke's who drew the defendant's blood did not attend the court hearing. That was incorrect. The St. Luke's technician was in attendance.
During the hearing, the St. Luke's technician was told that her testimony was not able to be used, because a second lab technician from another medical facility (who tested the blood) and who was needed in court to interpret the BAC results, did not attend.
Andrea Hahn, Director, Marketing & Public Relations, St. Luke's University Health Network said, "St. Luke's and its employees take the responsibilities associated with working with law enforcement and the courts very seriously and would not disregard a subpoena."
The TIMES NEWS apologizes for any problems we may have caused.