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Impaired Driving Section· Overview

The Impaired Driving Section (IDS) is made up of the Breath Test, Drug Evaluation and Classification, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Ignition Interlock and Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Programs of the Washington State Patrol. The Impaired Driving Section also coordinates and supports the Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU).

Mobile Impaired Driving Unit


The Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU)is a self-contained 36 foot motorhome that has been retrofitted as a mobile DUI processing center and a incident command post. When requested, the MIDU travels across the state in support of law enforcement efforts during DUI emphasis patrols or to emergency incidents such as wild land fires or other natural disasters. Equipped withthree breath testing instruments,two temporary holding cells,

Inside MIDU three computer work stations, an incident command computer terminal, a dispatcher console with wireless access to the WSP dispatch centers around the state, and a microwave downlink tower for real time video broadcasts from FLIR equipped aircraft, the MIDU is a full service police station on wheels.

When supporting DUI emphasis patrols the MIDU is staffed by officers who assist law enforcement agencies by effectively and efficiently processing impaired drivers in a faster manner which subsequently allows the patrol officer to return to theroad in a manner of minutes as opposed to the hours it normally takes.

The MIDU is typically requested for large scale events where statistics have shown an increased number of DUI collisions and arrests. Some of these annual events include holiday emphasis patrols such as St. Patrick’s Day, the 4th of July, New Year's Eve and regional events such as Spokane Hoopfest, Rod Run in Long Beach, Water Follies in the Tri-Cities, the Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee, October Fest in Leavenworth and during Seafair in Seattle. The WSP works close with its partners in government such as the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to schedule DUI emphasis patrols involving the MIDU during other local events striving for the goal of Target Zero.

MIDU Unit

The MIDU is supported in part by the following sponsors: State Farm Insurance, Poulsbo RV, Whelen, Bostec Inc., SuperGraphics, Guth Simulators, National Patent Analytical Systems, Inc.

 

 

For questions or to request the MIDU for an event please contact the current MIDU state coordinator:

Mobile Impaired Driving Unit Coordinator
Email: Sergeant Brandon Villanti
Phone: (206) 720-3018

MIDU ScheduleAdobe PDF Format

 

Impaired Driving Programs


Breath Test Program

The Breath Test Program (BTP) manages, maintains, and certifies the calibration of more than 220 evidentiary breath testing instruments in the state. The instruments are used for over 40,000 tests annually. The BTP is comprised of 13 technicians, two sergeants and one administrative assistant. The technicians provide operator certification and re-certification training for over 8,000 police officers throughout the state. The technicians offer expert witness testimony in support of the statewide breath alcohol testing program. The program compiles computerized statistical data and analysis related to DUI enforcement to members of the criminal justice community.

Breath Test Program public records, including DataMaster database records, signed affidavits and repair certifications, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and curriculum vitae, are available online at our Web Based Discovery Materials Site (WebDMS).

Please note that WebDMS will be updated weekly. If you have questions or comments or do not find the records you are seeking, please contact the Breath Test Program at breathtest@wsp.wa.gov or call the Breath Test Program of the Washington State Patrol in your local area at:

  • Burlington (360) 757-7553
  • Kennewick (509) 734-7029
  • Marysville (360) 654-1127
  • Poulsbo (360) 473-0300
    ext 85122
  • Tumwater (360) 586-1516
  • Seattle (206) 720-3018
  • Spokane (509) 227-6615
  • Tacoma (253) 538-3143
  • Union Gap (509) 249-6716
  • Vancouver (360) 449-7916
  • Wenatchee (509) 682-8118

Drug Evaluation and Classification Program

The Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DEC) began in February, 1996. A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) is a law enforcement officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) are trained to recognize the symptoms of intoxication for seven different categories of drugs. A DRE conducts a standardized, diagnostic 12 step examination of persons arrested or suspected of drug-impaired driving or similar offenses. Based on the results of the examination the DRE develops an expert opinion.

The Washington State Patrol coordinates the DRE program for the state of Washington. Impaired driver training is provided to all law enforcement agencies in the state. Many law enforcement agencies in the state of Washington participate in the Drug Recognition Expert program. Currently there are over 200 Drug Recognition Experts in the state of Washington who perform over 1,600 evaluations annually.

Ignition Interlock Program

The Impaired Driving Section (IDS) is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the Ignition Interlock Program. IDS, through legislative mandate, certifies ignition interlock manufacturers to conduct business in Washington State. This program also monitors ignition interlock installers by conducting annual onsite audits to verify the devices are being calibrated and installed under state guidelines. Citizens, required to have the device installed, are subject to random compliance checks and review of their individual device’s database.

The state interlock coordinator provides educational training and presentations to law enforcement and the ignition interlock community to insure the continued viability of the program.

Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors

Funded by grants from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Moses Garcia serves as a statewide resource for prosecutors and law enforcement on legal issues involving impaired driving. Coming from a background of city/appellate prosecution and private practice, Moses helps ease the burden that difficult impaired driving cases make on our state’s prosecutors by aiding with trial preparation, predicate questions, case review, briefing preparation, research of novel legal issues, or serving as second chair at trial. In addition to his work with prosecutors, Moses responds to queries from law enforcement and other stakeholders on recent law changes, defense challenges and court procedures, and provides a variety of legal trainings across the state. A comprehensive trial notebook, Benchbook, quarterly Newsletter, and website have been developed to ensure that prosecutors in every corner of the State have 24/7 access to valuable resources and information necessary for successful impaired driving prosecution.

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Impaired Driving Directory


Section Headquarters - Seattle

Impaired Driving Section - Washington State Patrol
811 E Roanoke
Seattle, WA 98102-3915
Phone: (206) 720-3018

Section Commander
Email: Lieutenant Rob Sharpe

Administrative Assistant - Impaired Driving Section and DRE Program
Email: Ms. Sally Verrinder

Office Assistant - Breath Test Program
Email: Ms. Sandy Sato

Office Assistant - Ignition Interlock Program
Email: Ms. Dilcia Miller

DRE/SFST State Coordinator
Email: Sergeant Mark Crandall

Events and Training Coordinator
Email: Ms Rebecca Cortez

Mobile Impaired Driving Unit Coordinator
Email: Sergeant Brandon Villanti
Phone: (206) 720-3018

Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors
Email: Moses Garcia

Ignition Interlock Program Coordinator
Email: Sergeant Ken Denton

Northwest Washington
Email: Trooper Pedro Zepeda
(206) 720-3018

Southwest Washington
Email: Trooper Craig Sahlinger
(360) 748-2194

Eastern Washington
Email: Trooper Dawn Blake
(509) 220-6665

Breath Test Program Supervisor for Districts 2, 3, 4, 6
Email: Sergeant Brandon Villanti

Breath Test Program Supervisor for Districts 1, 5, 7, 8
Email: Lisa.Mosely@wsp.wa.gov

District 1 - Tacoma and Tumwater

Impaired Driving Section
2502 112th St E
Tacoma, WA 98445

Email: Al Havenner
Phone: (253) 538-3143

Impaired Driving Section
222 Tumwater Blvd, Bldg 16
Tumwater, WA 98504-2640

Email: Forensic Scientist Ruth Cramer
Phone: (360) 586-1516

District 2 - Seattle

Impaired Driving Section
811 E Roanoke
Seattle, WA 98102-3915

Email: Trooper Jim VanDiest
Email: Trooper Pam O'Brien
Email: This Position is Currently Vacant
Phone: (206) 720-3018


District 3 - Union Gap and Kennewick

Impaired Driving Section
2715 Rudkin Rd
Union Gap, WA 98903

Email: Trooper Mel Sterkel
Phone: (509) 249-6716

Impaired Driving Section
143302 E Law LN
Kennewick, WA 99337
This Position is Currently Vacant

District 4 - Spokane

Impaired Driving Section
W 6403 Rowand Rd
Spokane, WA 99224

Email: Trooper Jon McKee
Phone: (509) 227-6615

District 5 - Vancouver

Impaired Driving Section
11018 NE 51st Circle
Vancouver, WA 98682-6686

Email: Trooper Shane Madsen
Phone: (360) 449-7916

District 6 - Wenatchee

Impaired Driving Section
2822 Euclid Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Email: Tom Moberg
Phone: (509) 682-8118

District 7 - Marysville and Burlington

Impaired Driving Section
2700 116th St NE
Marysville, WA 98271

Email: Trooper Beth McCourt
Phone: (360) 654-1127

Impaired Driving Section
10945 Chuckanut DR
Burlington, WA 98233

Email: Trooper Cameron Birman
Phone: (360) 757-7553

District 8 - Poulsbo

Impaired Driving Section
22065 Viking Way NW
Poulsbo, WA 98370-0451

Email: Forensic Scientist Bill Bogen
Phone: (360) 473-0300 ext. 85122

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