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Man claims falesly imprisoned by Des Plaines cops, even after passing field sobriety test


By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 28, 2019

CHICAGO — A man is suing Des Plaines police officers, citing alleged false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Darnell Austin filed a complaint on Jan. 16 in Cook County Circuit Court against the City of Des Plaines Police Department and certain officers, alleging the defendants breached their lawful duty as police officers by disregarding plaintiff's cooperation, clarity and passed sobriety test.

According to the complaint, in January 2018, Darnell Austin was pulled into the parking lot of his apartment complex by defendants for allegedly traveling 53 mph in a 40 mph zone. 

Plaintiff claims despite him being cooperative, defendants arrested him for driving under the influence, even after he successfully passed a field sobriety test. He was imprisoned despite having not been issued a ticket until he was finally released at about 2 a.m. 

As a result, plaintiff claims he suffered emotional distress, including anxiety, fear, anger, depression and humiliation. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants conspired to falsely imprison plaintiff without reasonable or probable cause.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks more than $50,000, plus costs of suit. He is represented by James Fabbrini of Fabbrini Law Group in Chicago.

The Cook County Circuit Court Case No. is 19-L-000573.

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