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Breathalyzer machines in Kent, Van Buren counties back in service

Posted at 5:01 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 17:01:33-05

Authorities in Kent and Van Buren counties say their breathalyzer machines are functioning correctly and are back in service.

Earlier this week, Michigan State Police told law enforcement agencies statewide to stop using them after problems were discovered with the company in charge of the servicing the machines. MSP says the company may have falsified records and has launched a fraud investigation.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office was among the locations where investigators have identified a problem. However, the machine was tested Wednesday by troopers and cleared to return to service.

On Tuesday, troopers went to the Kent County Correctional Facility and certified that its breathalyzer machine was functioning correctly.