DUI Testing Device Under Scrutiny

DUI Testing Device Under Scrutiny

The Intoxilyzer 8000, a breath-analyzer device used by states like Ohio, is now under scrutiny as to why it was ever sanctioned in the first place.

Consider this:  The bid specifications that led to the Ohio Department of Health spending $6.4 million in federal grant money on 700 of the breath-alcohol testers were written by a fellow named Dean Ward when he was an Ohio Department of Health official. Now, Ward is an employee of Kentucky-based CMI Inc., the manufacturer of the Intoxilyzer — the only device that met the specifications.

A number of Ohio courts have considered the instrument inadmissible. Cincinnati and Cleveland on the other hand, have discontinued and started using another device, respectively.

For more on the murky circumstances under which the Intoxilyzer was sanctioned for use in Ohio, visit www.cleveland.com.

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