Michigan State Police pull all Datamaster breathalyzer instruments

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC)- The Datamaster breathalyzer instruments used by the Michigan State Police to test for suspected drunk drivers, are being pulled from service state-wide.

During a routine review on January 2, 2020, Michigan State Police personnel found discrepancies in the paper work provided by the company that is contracted for the maintenance of the Datamaster breathalyzers.

After further investigation, officials found too many irregularities and decided to pull all 203 Datamaster breathalyzers.

Now MSP will have to use a blood draw instead of breath tests when pulling over suspected drunk drivers.

“It is going to add more work to the Michigan State Police Forensics Laboratory to test the blood alcohol kit and it is more time consuming, but we want to make sure at the end of the day that the citizens are treated fairly and things are done right,” said MSP Captain John Halpin for the 8th district.

According to Halpin, the MSP have launched criminal investigations against two employees of the contract company for the potential fraud.

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