Decided February 28, 1977
1. Motor Vehicles — Alcoholic Tests — Delay in Analyzing Because the timing of delivery to the state police laboratory for analysis of the blood sample of a defendant charged with the offense of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor is not part of the procedure for conducting the chemical test, the defendant may not take advantage of the provision for exclusion of evidence pursuant to RSA 262-A:69-i (Supp. 1975).
2. Motor Vehicles — Alcoholic Tests — Weight and Sufficiency of Evidence Any effect on the evidence of the results of a blood sample analysis occasioned by a twelve-day delay between the date the blood sample was taken and the date the sample was analyzed would relate to the weight of the evidence and not to its admissibility.
3. Appeal and Error — Appeal Before Final Judgment — Discouraged The interlocutory transfer by district and municipal courts of questions such as those in this case should not be encouraged.
David H. Souter, attorney general, and Edward N. Damon, assistant attorney general (Mr. Damon orally) for the state.
Lee A. Strimbeck, of Derry, by brief and orally, for the defendant.
Defendant was charged with the offense of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in violation of RSA 262-A:62 (Supp. 1975). Defendant moved to suppress the results of a blood test sample of 0.17 percent alcohol by weight because of a twelve-day day delay from the date the sample was taken to the date the sample was analyzed by the state police laboratory. This delay is asserted to violate RSA 262-A:69-i (Supp. 1975).
[1, 2] The chemist who performed the analysis of the sample testified that any deterioration would have worked to the defendant's favor, not the state's. Because the timing of delivery of the blood sample to the state laboratory for analysis is "not part of the procedure for conducting the chemical test," the defendant may not take advantage of the provision for exclusion of evidence pursuant to RSA 262-A:69-i (Supp. 1975). State v. Paul, 116 N.H. 252, 356 A.2d 661 (1976); State v. Groulx, 109 N.H. 281, 249 A.2d 690 (1969). To the extent the twelve-day delay has any effect on the evidence it would relate to its weight and not its admissibility. State v. Gallant, 108 N.H. 72, 73-75, 227 A.2d 597, 598-99 (1967); State v. LaFountain, 108 N.H. 219, 231 A.2d 635 (1967).
This case raises no new or important question for this court. See State v. Miller, 117 N.H. 67, 369 A.2d 197 (1977). The transferring of questions such as herein raised by district and municipal courts pursuant to RSA 502-A:17-a (Supp. 1975) on interlocutory matters should not be encouraged. See, e.g., RSA 491: App. R. 88 (Supp. 1975).
Denial of defendant's motion affirmed; remanded.