Robbins police chief cited for DUI, says ‘Oh Wow’ when asked to perform sobriety test
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Sun-Times Media December 27, 2012 5:54PM
Johnny Lewis Holmes said Monday night that he had retired as police chief of Robbins last week. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 29, 2013 6:39AM
When the police chief of Robbins was pulled over for driving erratically in Midlothian last week, he was so disoriented he thought he was still in 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 arrested for DUI.
Saturday night’s incident marked the second time Holmes , who is also a member of the Community High School District 218 board, has faced DUI charges in Midlothian in less than three years. He was sentenced to court supervision and paid more than $1,000 in fees for a 2010 DUI arrest, 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 didn’t yield to the “emergency lights and audible siren.”
Eventually Holmes pulled over on Maxey Court, near 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 asked him if he was drinking, after detecting a strong odor coming from Holmes’ breath, Holmes initially denied it, the police report said. But then he 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,” 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, the report said.
The Robbins village administrator didn’t return a call for comment. Holmes, who has led the police department in Robbins since 1991, also could not be reached for comment.