Attorney General Stenehjem gets salty in rebuttal to auditor findings on breathalyzer devices

MINOT, N.D. — I don’t think Auditor Josh Gallion and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, both Republicans, will be exchanging Christmas cards this year.

A just-released report from Gallion’s office found that dozens of breathalyzer tests “were performed by operators using expired or unapproved gas standard canisters resulting in invalid tests.”

The specific number was 34 out of 8,925 tests.

“It’s important to follow the DUI testing guidelines so each person tested is fairly evaluated against the same standard,” Gallion said in a release accompanying the report. “We’re happy to hear that after our audit, the Attorney General’s Office is in the process of updating their breath alcohol testing devices so these errors shouldn’t occur again.”

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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