Police say Holmes, who had been arrested in May for drunk driving, had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit of. After being naked for a few minutes, a deputy entered her cell and tossed some blankets to Holmes. Still four deputies — 3 men and one woman — carried Holmes into a padded cell and pulled off her clothes, including her underwear. They left her on the floor naked face down for two minutes until a deputy threw what appears to be a blanket into the cell.
Dana Holmes Suing LaSalle County Over Likely Illegal Strip-Search After DUI Arrest
CAN I BE STRIP SEARCHED AFTER A DUI? | Jatoi & de Kirby, APC
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A lawsuit that claimed Illinois authorities violated the rights of a female inmate by violently tossing her into a holding cell and stripping the woman naked has been settled. Holmes was arrested for drunk driving in May and filed a lawsuit in Oct. The video obtained by The Chicago Tribune shows Holmes with her body against a wall as a female guard patted her down and two male guards watched. She then made a sudden movement to shift her weight and was tackled to the ground and thrown into a holding cell.
The question some of us may be asking is whether or not a strip search is ever justified in a DUI case. But, it is also important to understand that different officers have different process protocols. A strip search in a field sobriety test and arrest is different from a strip search in an incarceration facility.