Accuracy of breathalyzers thrown into query amid Michigan State Police investigation

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Michigan State Police are investigating three contract workers who make sure the accuracy of breathalyzers used throughout site visitors stops after authorities found “performance-related points” and doable fraud.


State police notified regulation enforcement officers throughout the state to cease utilizing greater than 200 breathalyzers from longtime vendor Intoximeters.

The investigation focuses on three Intoximeters contract workers, who have been accountable for certifying and calibrating Datamaster DMT breathalyzers to make sure they’re correct.

Investigators mentioned they think fraud after discovering discrepancies in paperwork.


Stopping using the breathalyzers “is a fully obligatory transfer to safeguard the integrity of the felony justice course of,” Michigan State Police Director Col. Joseph Gasper mentioned in a information launch.

“Upon studying of extra and extra egregious discrepancies, I’m not snug having police businesses utilizing these devices till we could be assured they’re licensed, calibrated and serviced in response to state regulation and trade customary,” Gasper says.

In a letter to regulation enforcement officers throughout the state, state police mentioned prosecutors have been alerted to the suspected fraudulent exercise.


“Prosecutors with circumstances impacted by the contractor errors recognized by the MSP have already been notified,” Michigan State Police Maj. Greg Zarotney wrote to regulation enforcement officers. “Nevertheless, out of an abundance of warning, we’re inspecting all accessible information to find out if any extra exams are impacted by the contractor errors.”

The next regulation enforcement businesses have been utilizing breathalyzers with “doable discrepancies”: Alpena County Sheriff’s Division, Beverly Hills Police Division, Detroit Detention Heart, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Division, Niles Police Division, Pittsfield Township Police Division, Tecumseh Police Division, and Van Buren County Sheriff’s Division

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