I’ve never had a DUI, and I seriously doubt whether I ever will considering that I’m legally blind and no longer allowed to drive. My best friend, however, has had more than a few DUI arrests and is someone I’d consider an expert on the experience. That said, I have to ask him what can be expected if for whatever reason I decide to get arrested for driving drunk. Having been arrested before I know a bit about the booking and intake process; but, I’m not sure if things are different for alleged DUI suspects. And, in all honesty, I’m interested in finding out just in case Why? Because I’m not into being stripped naked and placed in a cell with padded walls, like Dana Holmes was in Illinois; and, I’m trying to get paid.

Police in Marseilles arrested Dana Holmes for DUI back in May. She has since pleaded guilty and received court supervision for that charge. But while in custody she alleges officers with Lasalle County illegally strip-searched her and left her naked in a jail cell for more than an hour.

Four sheriff’s officers carry 32-year-old Dana Holmes into a LaSalle County jail cell. The three men and one woman put her face down on the floor and proceed to strip off her clothes.

It’s all captured on a security camera in a corner of the padded cell. They take her clothes leaving her alone and naked in the cell, until throwing blankets inside a few minutes later.

“I was terrified. I felt helpless. I was scared and I lay there crying . . . I just prayed,” said Holmes.

Dana Holmes
Dana Holmes

Holmes, from Coal City, was in LaSalle County for a wedding and earlier was stopped for DUI by Marseilles police. They reportedly found her almost three times over the legal limit. But the problems allegedly began after she arrived at the county jail.

While patting her down, she can be seen moving her leg slightly, and that’s when the officers surrounded her and pinned her to the ground before carrying her by her arms and legs into the jail cell.

Her attorney has filed a lawsuit against the sheriff, the officers, and the county, alleging the officers intentionally and gratuitously humiliated, degraded, and dehumanized the plaintiff.

Attorney Terry Ekl says under statute, only an officer of the same gender is allowed to strip search an inmate after getting permission from a supervisor and only in a secluded area.

“These are on-duty deputy sheriffs humiliating and groping a female inmate. It makes you wonder, were these guys ever trained?” said Terry Ekl, attorney.

Holmes says she was cooperative and never argued with the officers. (source)

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Holmes was “being mouthy and causing problems,” according to a police report obtained by the Chicago Tribune. But, Len Cavise, a criminal procedure expert who teaches at the DePaul University College of Law, pointed out to the paper that “nothing in the statute says resisting arrest is justification for a strip-search.” Which for any normal person makes sense if you ask me. But hey, maybe stripping someone drunk butt-naked and leaving them in a padded cell helps to sober them up faster. Yes, maybe there’s some police science to support this idea, right?

Seriously, beyond all the jokes and the “that’s what she gets for being drunk,” ignorant commentary. The truth is that what was done to her — whether as a punishment, or for her own safety; hey, apparently women can sneak bottles of alcohol into jail in their vagina — in my view, amounts to a sexual assault. But hey, that’s just my opinion; and I’m no expert. After all, I have never been arrested and booked for a DUI.