South Suburban Police Chief is arrested for DUI for the second time in three years

chief holmesThis is not how to set an example.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

The police chief of south suburban Robbins was charged with drunken driving this week — his second DUI charge in three years.

Robbins Police Chief Johnny Holmes was arrested in the neighboring suburb of Midlothian, according to Midlothian Police Chief David Burke.

Burke, who has been on vacation this week, could provide no additional details, but he confirmed that Holmes also was charged with driving under the influence in Midlothian in March 2010. The outcome of the earlier DUI charge was not immediately clear Wednesday night.

Holmes, 66, has headed up the police department in Robbins since 1991.

I will be updating this story as I get more information.  I am curious whether Chief Holmes submitted to a breath test.  I am also curious about the earlier case.  More to follow….

Update:  I was able to get some information about Chief Holmes’ 2010 DUI.  He was charged with two counts of DUI, one of which alleged that he had a BAC over 0.08.  He plead guilty to the count alleging that he had been driving under the influence and received one year of court supervision (I discussed supervision here),  This means that the chief is facing a driver’s license revocation if he is found guilty on the new case, and he won’t be eligible for a monitored device driving permit.  He also faces the possibility of jail time.

Update II:  The Sun-Times has more details of Saturday’s arrest.  They claim that a motorist called the police after Chief Holmes’ SUV swerved into oncoming traffic.  He did not immediately yield to emergency lights.  After being stopped, the Chief was disoriented, denied drinking at first, had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, bloodshot eyes and failed two field sobriety tests.  Holmes had a flask in his possession.  He blew 0.194 — over twice the legal limit.

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