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May 5, 2016 2:24 PM

Portsmouth drivers suspected of DUI getting transported to Newington for breathalyzer tests


PORSTMOUTH — For two weeks, Portsmouth drivers who are suspected of being intoxicated, have been brought to Newington for Breathalyzer tests, interim Police Chief David Mara told seacoastonline.com.

The public police log noted several people that were transported to the Newington police station because the certification for the Breathalyzer at Portsmouth's police station is expired and needs to be recertified.

Mara told seacoastonline.com that their Breathalyzer works properly, but they are not using it until it is recertified.

All New Hampshire cities and towns use the same Intoxilyzer 5000 Breathalyzer which is the same model used by military police officers.

Tim Pifer, director of the state police forensics lab, told the paper that Portsmouth's breathalyzer expired April 23 and is scheduled to be recertified by Tuesday.


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