Reporter quaffs cold one to test new booze detector

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- It was a little early in the morning -- 9:30 a.m. -- to be sipping beer, but journalism demands sacrifice.

So I gulped some cold beer Tuesday morning to help test a new alcohol detection tool for Ada County misdemeanor probation officers.

"This is a quick verification method as opposed to sending somebody to a lab for chemical tests through urine or blood," said Deputy Rob Fowler with the Ada County Sheriff's Office.

It's less expensive and results are available in seconds instead of days.

Drinking alcohol can be a violation of one's court-ordered probation and the Lifeloc FC20 offers a more efficient and quicker way to determine if somebody's been drinking.

And sure enough, in just a few seconds, the machine records just how much I've had and it can't be fooled by alcohol-based mouthwash.

A grant helped the county purchase the device and probation officers hope to get several more.