Tim Duerr-Laboratory Supervisor
Brooke Ehlers-Technical Leader
The Chemistry Section uses the latest analytical instrumentation to analyze narcotics, blood and urine from DUI offenders, fire scene debris, and suspected bomb debris. Blood and urine samples are analyzed for the presence and amount of ethanol or drugs. In suspected arson cases, instrumentation can detect the presence of accelerants in fire scene debris.
The section examines approximately 4,000 cases per year -- the majority of which involve drug and/or alcohol analyses.
Additional determinations include accelerants, poisons and other toxic substances.