Dagsboro police have 24/7 mobile access for bloodwork

Dagsboro Police Department is utilizing a mobile phlebotomy service for bloodwork
required in DUI and related situations. (Glenn Rolfe/Sussex Post)

DAGSBORO — When police are out for blood, time often is of the essence.

With town council’s blessing, town of Dagsboro police now have one-hour, 24/7 mobile service when bloodwork is needed in processing driving under the influence and related incidents.

The service will be provided by Lab at Seascape of Milford through a phlebotomy service agreement with the town. Council gave the go-ahead for that agreement at its Sept. 17 meeting.

“They are available to us 24/7. They will charge $100 per visit. They agreed in their document they will be there to service us within an hour and take care of this. They will bill us monthly,” said Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey.

When requested, Lab at Seascape personnel will respond to the Dagsboro police station.

Currently, Dagsboro is paying an average of $69 to $79 per blood test in trips to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes.

Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway said his department utilizes services at Beebe for bloodwork but is considering the Lab at Seascape option as well.

Georgetown Police Department does not contract with anyone regarding bloodwork service, and uses area hospitals for blood draws, according to Georgetown spokesman Det. Joey Melvin.

Chief Toomey said he believes this service will save a good deal of time, man hours, resources and fuel.

“If it can save us one hour in time then it pays for itself. It more than pays for itself actually with wear and tear on the vehicles and fuel expenses,” he said.

Last year, Dagsboro police had about 15 incidents where bloodwork was required. This year, the count is at about a half dozen. Over-and-back trips to Beebe in Lewes coupled with processing can sometimes take a total of four or five hours.

What triggered the department’s request was a DUI vehicle stop involving an intoxicated female driver, a young child and subject who was found to be wanted. Chief Toomey said the town police officer called state police for insight on how troopers would handle this situation and discovered state police have contracted with the Lab at Seascape.

Lab at Seascape was contacted, and they were there in less than an hour and drew blood. “What could have been potentially four to five hours, maybe even more depending how busy the hospital was, ended up being about a three-hour operation,” said Chief Toomey. “I think this is a positive way for us to go unless we have a violent individual.”

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