October 18th, 2013 at 11:52 am
A Chicago woman arrested for a DUI last March claims that the arresting officer injured her seriously during the procedure. The victim, Cassandra Feuerstein, claims that bones in her face became shattered after the officer forced her, headfirst, into a cell. She has video evidence to back up her claims, too. If you have been arrested for a DUI where the officers crossed the line, you need the assistance of an experienced Chicago DUI attorney.
Ms. Feuerstein’s video evidence shows her head slamming into the edge of a concrete bench before she collapses to the ground. Other officers then enter the scene to attempt to clean up her face with toilet paper.
The arrested individual moved forward with a federal lawsuit against the individual who pushed her and the Village of Skokie. She alleges that the injuries from the shattered bones in her face required surgery. Additionally, she claims that the officer made false statements and filed a false report in her case.
Officers are supposed to follow specific procedures with regard to DUI arrests. These include stopping a vehicle for probable cause or at a DUI safety checkpoint, verification of the license, registration, and insurance, and a request for the individual to submit to a sobriety test. If the driver does not pass the sobriety test, he or she will be transported to the police station to submit to further chemical tests to verify the blood alcohol content (BAC).
Depending on the results of these chemical tests, penalties may apply. The individual will be required to post bond and can be detained until bond is posted. Unfortunately, some officers take advantage of the situation and cross the lines with regard to proper procedures and protocol for handling a DUI arrest. Please contact a Illinois DUI attorney if you believe that your rights were violated in the process of your DUI arrest.