Head Of WSP Forensic Lab Bureau Resigns

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The head of the Washington State Patrol’s Forensic Laboratory Bureau has resigned.

Barry Logan’s resignation comes after ethical lapses and scientific mistakes at the state toxicology lab called into question thousands of drunken driving breath-test results.

Logan has been responsible for the state crime lab and the state toxicology lab. State Patrol Chief John Batiste says there was a mutual agreement that a change in leadership was necessary.

Batiste has appointed crime lab division manager Larry Hebert, a 34-year veteran of the lab, as interim bureau commander.

Last month, King County judges said the lab’s work on breath tests over the past several years cut so many corners that they were completely unreliable.