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MICHIGAN CITY — Thanks to a state grant, the city's police department purchased 30 portable breath test devices to help detect impaired drivers, according to a news release. 

The breath tests were purchased with an Indiana Criminal Justice Institute grant, according to the news release. Each unit also came with 200 breath tubes and other supplies.  

Chief Mark Swistek and Assistant Chief Kevin Urbanczyk said in the release they are "happy to get the grant."

"In some cases, a driver’s impairment may not be from alcohol but from illegal drugs or misuse of prescription drugs," the police said in the release. "Once the officer determines that a driver’s impairment is not from alcohol, the officer will request a drug elevation from one of the department's drug recognition experts."

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.