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Drunken driving cases often end in dismissals

Brad Branan of the Tucson Citizen used databases from two courts to analyze about 33,000 drunken-driving cases filed from 1999 to last year. He found that "thousands of motorists are charged with drunken driving each year in metro Tucson, giving the area one of the highest DUI arrest rates in the country. But nearly half of those accused escape conviction in the courts that handle most DUI cases." More than 60 percent of the drunken-driving cases that don't end in conviction in Tucson City Court and Pima County Justice Court are dismissed.

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