DWI Stop Becomes Federal Court Lawsuit
May 14, 2014 — Lakeshore Public Media staff — A Schererville man is suing two Schererville police officers, town government and the owner of Franciscan St. Margaret Health, claiming that the Dyer hospital staff violated his constitutional rights when they forced a catheter into him in order to check his blood-alcohol level.
William B. Clark says officers stopped him along U.S. 30 near U.S. 41 in May 2012. They ran a field breathalyzer test, which showed him over the legal intoxication limit. They took him to the hospital for a blood test and that was where police ordered emergency room staff to put a catheter in him for a urine test.
Clark’s federal court lawsuit said insertion of the catheter was “painful, degrading and humiliating.” The suit filed this week in Hammond also argues that he never gave consent and that police did not have a proper search warrant to force it on him. A Schererville Town Court case against Clark on several charges, including DWI, is pending.