MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — Police in northeastern Wisconsin have begun using a new saliva test that can tell them in eight minutes whether drivers have drugs in their system.
A WBAY-TV report (http://bit.ly/15RH2w2 ) says the tests aren’t yet admissible in court, but the results can help validate police judgment.
Marinette Police Sgt. Scott Ries says officers can use the tests when they suspect a driver is intoxicated but alcohol tests come back negative. He says the so-called Drager machine can analyze a saliva sample for the presence of seven kinds of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
Ries says the results can give officers guidance on how to proceed with a suspect.
Marinette County Judge Jim Morrison says the machine can also provide quick results for people in the early stages of drug treatment.
Information from: WBAY-TV, http://www.wbay.com