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Forged breathalyzer docs could lead to hundreds of compromised DUI cases

Forged breathalyzer docs could compromise hundreds of DUI cases

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar is asking Governor Hickenlooper to order an independent investigation into the certifications of instruments that test for breath alcohol levels in DUI suspects.

The Bar cites former Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment technician Michael Barnhill as the whistle blower who claimed CDPHE lab manager Jeffrey Groff order unqualified people to certify breathalyzers called the Intoxilyzer 9000.

The Intoxilyzer 9000 is the standard breathalyzer used by police stations state wide to test suspects during suspected DUI investigations.

The CDPHE is responsible for certifying and repairing these devices and it is Barnhill's belief that in 2013 hundreds of documents were forged with his signature so as to expedite the process of their use.

The state of Colorado spent over a million dollars on Intoxilyzer 9000s when they were first developed. Barnhill said the way in which these devices were certified troubled him and was one of his main reasons for leaving CDPHE in 2015.

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