Woman suing over strip search during DUI arrest

A woman is suing the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department after she was strip searched during her DUI arrest.

Dana Holmes was being booked in May, when several deputies wrestled her to the floor and put her in a cell.

That’s where three male deputies and a female deputy removed all of her clothes.

She stayed naked for two minutes until she was given a few blankets.

The officers’ report says she resisted during the frisking.

Under Illinois law, officers must suspect that a person is hiding a weapon or drugs before they conduct a strip search.

No suspicion of that kind was listed in the officers’ report.

LaSalle County Sheriff Thomas Templeton tells the Chicago Tribune that he didn’t see the video or hear about the incident.

Holmes pleaded guilty to DUI in July and received probation.

“There’s a lot of people that get DUIs, a lot of people that just make mistakes in life,” said Holmes.  “That still doesn’t give them a reason to do what they did.”


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