CHICAGO (CBS) — A 33-year-old woman from Coal City is suing LaSalle County after video from the county jail’s security system showed her face down on the floor of her cell stripped nude.

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Dana Holmes’ federal lawsuit claims the video also shows four deputies, three men and a woman, pulling her to the floor, carrying her into a cell where they quickly and with great force stripped Holmes and walked out with her clothing.

Police say Holmes, who had been arrested in May for drunk driving, had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit of .08.

Still, Holmes says there was no excuse for her being stripped.

After being naked for a few minutes, a deputy entered her cell and tossed some blankets to Holmes.

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Earlier in the evening, Holmes had volunteered to take a breath test and was arrested for DUI.

Holmes’ attorneys provided the video to CBS 2. The Sheriff’s video shows Holmes rocking a bit, but it is hard to detect any violence.

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.

Holmes’ attorney says Illinois law is clear: police can only do strip searches if they have reason to believe suspects have weapons or a controlled substance.

Holmes had already been patted down before.

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The law also says strip searches can only be done by an officer of the same sex. Three male deputies removed Holmes’ clothes.
CBS 2 reached out to the LaSalle County Sheriff for comment. He refereed us to the County State’s Attorney, who said now that the lawsuit has been filed they cannot comment.