‘Oh wow,’ police chief says when asked to take sobriety tests
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter email@example.com December 27, 2012 3:59PM
Robbins Police Chief Johnny Holmes
Updated: January 29, 2013 6:30AM
When the police chief of south suburban Robbins was pulled over for driving erratically in nearby Midlothian last week, he was so disoriented he thought he was still in the neighboring village of Posen where he had been drinking a short time before, authorities said.
“Oh Wow,” Johnny Lewis Holmes, 66, exclaimed when he was asked to perform field sobriety tests, according to a Midlothian Police report.
Before it was all over, he was cited with DUI.
Saturday night’s incident marked the second time Holmes has faced DUI charges in Midlothian in less than a three-year span. He was sentenced to court supervision and paid more than $1,000 in fees for a 2010 DUI citation, court records show.
Back then, Holmes was questioned after an officer saw his vehicle swerve into an opposite lane on Claire Boulevard and nearly hit another car.
This time, another a motorist called 911 after Holmes’ swerved his GMC Yukon into her lane near 147 Street and Pulaski Road, police said.
An officer later said he saw Holmes make an improper turn and tried to stop him but the police chief allegedly failed to yield to the “emergency lights and audible siren.”
Holmes stopped after turning south on Maxey Court from Claire Boulevard, police said.
Holmes had a hard time taking his driver’s license out of its holder and took a long time searching for his insurance card, the report said.
When the officer — detecting a strong odor coming from Holmes’ breath — asked him if he was drinking, Holmes initially denied it, the police report said.
But then, he allegedly admitted he had been drinking at Posen Pub and thought he was still in the village.
A flask of alcohol was found in the veteran officer’s jacket, the report said.
Holmes, who had “extremely bloodshot and watery eyes,” allegedly failed two field sobriety tests and a subsequent Breathalyzer indicated his blood alcohol level registered at .194 — more than twice the state’s legal .08 limit.
When Holmes failed the sobriety tests, the police officer wrote, “I then placed Johnny into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol.” The responding officer recognized Holmes on the scene and referred to Holmes as “Johnny” in the report.
Calls to the Robbins Village Hall were transferred to the village administrator, who did not return the Sun-Times’ message Thursday.
Holmes, who has headed up the police department in Robbins since 1991, also could not be reached for comment.