Little machine causes controversy surrounding Ohio's drunken driving laws

Freddy Hunt
Published: Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Ohio judges and defense attorneys are blowing wind at a recently approved breath alcohol tester and are anticipating courtroom congestion surrounding Ohio drunken driving laws.

Breath alcohol results from the Intoxilyzer 8000 have been thrown out as evidence in several courts in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona because CMI Inc., the instrument's manufacturer, won't release the device's source code.

Bowling Green Municipal Court Judge Mark Reddin said he expects defense attorneys in Ohio to make similar challenges once 700 of the instruments are distributed statewide.