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MI alcohol breathalyzers back amid probe that started in Alpena

Submitted by on February 13, 2020 – 12:44 amNo Comment

All 203 of Michigan’s alcohol breath testing devices are back in service amid a fraud investigation of the company that supplies the equipment.

The Michigan State Police initiated a criminal investigation last month into contract employees with Intoximeters Inc. and suspended its contract after evidence suggested the company falsified records and misrepresented the devices’ accuracy.

The investigation started after a discrepancy was found in a company report on the calibration of the Datamaster DMT breathalyzer in Alpena. The device was quickly inspected, recalibrated and put back into service.

State Police announced that all Datamaster DMT devices had been sidelined until the agency could verify that each was properly calibrated. Nearly 40 devices were back online a few days later.