Mon Jan 13, 2020, 07:17 PM

'Its pretty bad, -- Unknown breathalyzer flaw could impact MSP drunk driving cases

Michigan State Police uncovered an issue with the breathalyzers used by many departments that could affect drunk driving cases in the state.

MSP ended a relationship with a breathalyzer vendor that has been ongoing for more than 20 years, but officials won’t say why.

“It wasn’t just one person that just got fired, it was an entire company," Local 4 legal expert Neil Rockind said. “An entire contract got canceled.”

Residents are wondering about the accuracy of the state’s use of breathalyzers.

“What we now know is that there are clearly not just rumors or innuendos or speculation, or the occasional case where something isn’t done right,” Rockind said. “It appears to be more systemic that is involved or that is underlying or undermining the reliability of the breath test.”

For more than 20 years, MSP has relied on an unnamed company for routine maintenance, service calls and overall calibration of breathalyzers -- that relationship came to an end Jan. 7 due to “performance related issues.”


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Charlie Mike Jan 15 #1

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Wed Jan 15, 2020, 08:55 AM

1. If I was a DUI defense attorney I'd be demanding that info as a Brady disclosure.

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