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Michigan State Police suspends contract with breathalyzer company, investigating potential fraud

Jan 14, 2020

The Michigan State Police has suspended a contract with the company that handles the state's breathalyzer testing devices. The MSP is telling local police and prosecutors there may be a problem with breathalyzer test results.

Last week the MSP informed prosecutors and police departments that it put a stop order on the contract with the company that services all 203 Datamaster DMT evidential breath alcohol-testing instruments.

According to a state police statement, some of the vendor’s certification records may have been falsified. The MSP is investigating potential fraud. 

Those machines are now sidelined as the MSP inspects and verifies each instrument to ensure it is properly calibrated.   

The agency is concerned the "performance-related issues" under review could affect drunk driving cases.

While the investigation continues, the state police recommend police agencies utilize blood draws rather than breath tests to establish evidence of drunk driving.