DERRY — A local garage owner has been charged with allowing his employees to conduct unauthorized safety inspections of motor vehicles, state police said.

Joseph Durling, 47, of Auburn, owner of Joe and Kim Auto, LLC, was arrested after a two-month investigation, according to a New Hampshire State Police press release. He directed employees to complete the inspections despite knowing they were not certified to do so, state police said.

Some of the inspections were done when Durling was not at the garage, investigators said. Durling directed his employees to enter his user name and password to access the New Hampshire On-Board Diagnostics and Safety Testing computer network to complete the unauthorized inspections, according to troopers and automotive equipment inspectors who investigated the activities.

Trooper First Class Prenaveau arrested Durling at around 8:47 a.m. June 3 at his place of business. He faces charges of unsworn falsification and computer-related offenses. He was released on his own recognizance and will be arraigned in Derry District Court on July 26.

The state police were assisted in the investigation by the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles. State troopers and automotive equipment inspectors continue to monitor mechanics and stations to ensure they are performing vehicle inspections properly.

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