Dana Holmes, 33, has filed a federal lawsuit against LaSalle County alleging she was illegally strip-searched after a DUI arrest on May 18, 2013. Holmes was reportedly pulled over for speeding and arrested after failing field sobriety tests. She agreed to submit to a breath test, which resulted in a BAC of 0.226.
The DUI investigation and incident at the station were recorded by jail surveillance cameras and shows four deputies, three male and one female, pulling Holmes to the ground and stripping off her clothes. The deputies appear to leave her alone in the cell before returning a few minutes later with blankets.
Under Illinois law, a strip-search is permitted when there is a reasonable belief that the subject is hiding a weapon or a controlled substance on their body. A strip-search must be conducted by an officer of the same sex and may not be observed by people not conducting the search. An incident report prepared by the officers alleges that Holmes tried to kick them with both legs during the pat down. Nothing in the reports indicates that the officers believed she was concealing a weapon or drugs. Holmes alleges that the sheriff’s department and four deputies violated her civil rights, causing her emotional harm without legal justification for the search.
Woman sues LaSalle County over strip-search, www.chicagotribune.com, October 1, 2013
Woman Sues LaSalle County After Strip Search in DUI Arrest, www.nbcchicago.com, October 1, 2013