In Michigan
6:15 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

ACLU: Breath tests ordered by MI deputies are illegal

SUTTONS BAY, MI – A northern Michigan sheriff says his office will investigate allegations that deputies have illegally entered homes and forced young people to take a breath test for alcohol.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sent a letter to Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf asking him to stop the practice. The letter mentions two Breathalyzer incidents during summer.

In a third incident in August, the ACLU says deputies entered a home and asked for everyone's identification.

The sheriff said Wednesday he's upset that the ACLU didn't talk to him directly about the allegations before telling news media. But Oltersdorf says the claims are serious, and he's pledging to "get to the bottom of this."