Evidence Mishandled: Thousands of DUI Cases in Jeopardy

Thousands of DUI results statewide could be in jeopardy after former TBI Special Agent Kyle Bayer was fired Monday for mishandling evidence. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that an internal investigation revealed Bayer mistakenly switched two blood alcohol samples in a vehicular homicide case in Hamilton County. Now all samples obtained in the 2,800 cases Bayers handled will be retested for blood-alcohol content, the newspaper says. Based on those results, convictions could potentially be overturned or pending cases dismissed. The TBI said it plans to add an additional step to its testing process to ensure the same mistake doesn't happen in the future.