Michigan State Police reveal numbers associated with breathalyzer maintenance fraud

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 07:20:51-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan State Police Director Col. Joe Gasper testified before a state Senate committee today that 52 drunk driving cases are affected by falsified maintenance or a lack of routine maintenance on Datamaster breathalyzers. Criminal charges could be issued.

State Police also say this affects 8 different departments including Beverly Hills, Pittsfield Township and Tecumseh in our area. The machines are required to be calibrated every 120 days.

State Police say they were paying a company called Intoximeters $1.2 million a year for calibrations and maintenance on 203 Datamaster machines statewide. Two technicians with the company have been identified committing outright fraud.

State Police have taken over this work, have re-calibrated 37 machines and put them back in service.

The 52 cases that led to drunk driving charges could be tossed out in court.

Here’s the breakdown of the State Police findings:

Instrument LocationPeriod of Time in QuestionNumber of Breath TestsPossible Criminal Act
Alpena County Sheriff’s Department11/14/19 - 1/9/208Yes
Beverly Hills Police Department1/22/19- 6/21/199Yes
Detroit Detention Center10/10/19 - 10/13/196No
Montcalm Conuty Sheriff's Department8/23/19 - 8/26/191No
Niles Law Enforcement Center1/15/19 - 2/18/197No
Pittsfield Township Police Department12/20/18 - 8/7/195Yes
Tecumseh Police Department2/15/19 - 6/28/1912Yes
Van Buren County Sheriff's Department11/21/19 - 12/9/194No