Police report: Mimi Lee 'couldn't hold her pee'

A Norwalk woman who told an officer she "couldn't hold her pee" struggled with authorities at the station after being charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
Cary Ashby
Sep 5, 2012

A Norwalk woman who told an officer she "couldn't hold her pee" struggled with authorities at the station after being charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

Mimi L. Lee, 34, of 18 Cline St., now is suing five Norwalk police officers and the city, accusing the officers of physically and emotionally abusing her during an arrest in May 2009. The federal lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo. It seeks $2 million in damages.

Lee had charges of DUI and an open container violation dismissed, but Norwalk Municipal Court Judge John Ridge fined her $200 for persistent disorderly conduct in late July 2009, according to court records. He suspended a 30-day jail sentence and placed Lee on two years of probation.

About 11 p.m. May 8, 2009, Sgt. Jim Montana (ranked as an officer at the time) was directed by a Fisher-Titus Medical Center nurse to Lee, who had urinated in the parking lot. Montana, in his report, said he stopped Lee in her vehicle in the Burger King parking lot after she left the hospital, "peeling the tires slightly."

"The driver exited the vehicle, leaving it running and lost her balance," Montana wrote.

The officer asked Lee why she couldn't wait to urinate.

"Mimi first said she was inside and couldn't hold her 'pee' and went into the parking lot to pee. She said she is on medication which keeps her from being able to hold her pee," Montana wrote.

Lee, in the lawsuit, filed by Avon Lake attorney Daniel Wightman, says a lung infection and related medication are blamed for her difficulty in controlling her urine.

Montana had Lee perform several sobriety tests. After charging Lee with DUI, he and Officer Chris Hipp walked her over to Montana's cruiser.

"She stopped and refused to get inside. I tried to shift her weight and move her to the car, but she pushed back into me refused to get in the car," Montana wrote.

"I grabbed her by the handcuffs and Mimi began screaming and yelling and trying to pull away from us. While pushing back and forth with Mimi, we forced her to the ground to calm her down. Once she calmed down, she agreed to get in the car," he said.

There was another scuffle with Montana later at the station.

Montana is accused in the lawsuit of using excessive force by over-tightening the handcuffs and forcing Lee into the cruiser. She says she suffered wrist injuries.

At the station, Lee said she got up to use the bathroom during a 23-minute observation period prior to a breath test and Officer Chris Hipp "blocked" her from the bathroom while "Montana viscously (sic) assaulted her from behind," the lawsuit states.

"She tried pushing past Officer Hipp and was asked several times to sit down. She again tried to push past Officer Hipp when I grabbed her by the sleeves of her shirt and told her to sit down. Mimi got violently irate and tried to push me off of her and turned around," Montana wrote in his report.

Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara released a video of the incident Friday.

Montana is seen quickly taking Lee down after she turned toward him aggressively. Other officers enter the room and Lee is placed face-down on the floor.

"I told Sgt. (Thomas) Cook to pepper-spray her and it was 'shown' to her, but was not used. Mimi agreed to cooperate, but she was handcuffed for safety reasons," Montana wrote.

The lawsuit states Montana threw Lee onto the table and "choked her with his forearm" before she was "slammed" onto the floor. She was re-handcuffed, again allegedly with excessive force and over-tightening.

As a result of this alleged assault, the suit states, Lee sustained permanent injury to her wrists, which resulted in surgery. See also suffered "great pain and suffering."

Montana, Hipp, Cook, then-Capt. David Light (who is now police chief) and an unidentified police officer referred to as "John Doe No. 1" are all named as defendants in the lawsuit, as is the city of Norwalk.

Lee's husband, Richard, also is a plaintiff. He suffered "mental anguish and lost the society, comfort and companionship of his wife."

The lawsuit seeks $1 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages from Montana, Hipp, Cook and "Defendant Police Chief Dennis (sic) Light" individually, as well as attorney fees and court costs.

In an unrelated case, Lee made headlines when she was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol in a rollover wreck at 4:08 p.m. Oct. 21, 2009. Lee's three children, who were ages 2, 4 and 6 at the time, were in the SUV, but not injured. Lee refused treatment for possible injuries at the scene and refused sobriety test.

The case went to trial two months later, but a Norwalk Municipal Court jury was unable to come up with a verdict on charges of DUI, DUI refusal and endangering children.

The case was scheduled to be retried in March 2010. However, prosecutors dropped the case, citing new evidence that countered what troopers said. Based on the evidence available, Ridge ruled Lee was guilty of reckless operation and failure to control. She was fined $150.

Comments

swiss family

what kind of surgery did she have to have for her wrists???I am not a doctor, or a detective, but I would guess that those red marks on her wrists are the direct result of soomeone resisting arrest and trying to twist and turn and struggle to free themselves from handcuffs!!!......................................................................on the bright side.. isn't this the kind of stuff country western songs are made of???? MiMi Lee Lee couldn't hold her pee????

Snoozer

Swiss you claim your not a doctor or detective? So where do you come up with resisting arrest? Looks like the cuffs were on too tight to me. Why don"t you get some handcuffs and have someone put them on really tight for you and see if it leaves the same bruises? If your cuffed that tight you can"t even turn your wrists.
Since were on the subject of police brutality I wonder if the James harkness death will ever be re-investigated?

RAISEDbyNFC

Aaaahahahhaha!

DiamondGirl

I feel so sorry for this women... not so much for the marks on her wrist.. but that is quite possibly the cheapest, ugliest jewelry I have ever see.

Kottage Kat

Perhaps carple tunnel, and that is not the direct result of handcuffs, I am a medical professional and haqndcuffs over cheap jewelry, force of resistance on her part= bruises. Whose pictures hers or the PD????? Just asking..

DiamondGirl

!!!

pillowpants

Handcuffs aren't supposed to be comfortable and that's a big enough deterent for me to stay out of them.

T-B

It's so funny how white trash always try to divert and distort things. They think they can place the emphasis on something, or someone else and magically somehow everyone will forget, shift focus and feel sorry for them. Instead of being humbled and laying low, knowing she beat the odds she's going to push her luck further. That Appalachian mechanism in her brain just couldn't resist. She should be thankful little Skylar, Cheyenne, and Destiny are still alive.

2sense

wonder if this is a first time for her

justanote

"Mimi first said she was inside and couldn't hold her 'pee' and went into the parking lot to pee. She said she is on medication which keeps her from being able to hold her pee," Montana wrote....really? who goes outside from inside to pee? i know that when im outside, i go inside to pee...just sayin. Not to mention beer REALLY makes you have to pee a lot!

perfectly_flawed

maybe the police should start using fuzzy pink handcuffs so the criminals will be more 'comfortable'. Wriggle your hands and wrists around hard enough you can give yourself bruises. Don't ask me how I know that...... ; )

BaileyOriginally

no no no...then you could get fuzz-burns, which are deadly! MORE BRUTALITY!

David Deerest.

What does Mimi Lee smell like?

ummmmmm.....Depends........

RAISEDbyNFC

OMG, hahahahhahaa!!

E.Cartman

It's hard to hold your pee............always wants to run out from between your fingers! ;-)

BaileyOriginally

Her 'pee', also known as urine, which comes from the same area as her vagina. Now, I cannot say 'vagina' and will be flagged and deleted for this anatomical term. However, another article about two in-breds stealing drugs...those comments have all sorts of vulgarity, but THEY stay up, uncensored.

E.Cartman

I've seen many fat girls with those same injuries from getting their hands caught in vending machine slots. Those wrist marks are known as " Little Debbie divots".

DiamondGirl

Cartman... I don't know who you are.. But DAMN UR FUNNY !!!!

Warhol_89

I'm not going to be the judge of any of this, but in my honest opinion, if a male cop has to go as far as hitting or assaulting a woman (unless their lives are being put in danger), that just goes to show how bad of a cop they really are. As far as I know, screaming, yelling, and pushing someone doesn't technically put anyone's lives in danger. I can't believe they warned Lee with pepper spray when they already had her under control with handcuffs, thats just sad.

BaileyOriginally

Clearly you don't understand the whole police mentality. When you have a person, gender is irrelevent, acting out, they must be controlled. Not only could they hurt themselves or the officers, but they tend to get others riled up. Some jails have a 20-1 inmate to officer ratio. Control must be maintained at all times. It's not about 'this poor woman'. This idiot was drunk and acting like a raving lunatic.

BaileyOriginally

She said she is on medication which keeps her from being able to hold her pee," Montana wrote.....I believe the medical term for this is "Breaking the seal"?

arnmcrmn

Yup, looks like a slam dunk 2 million dollar wrist injury. OMG, this woman is nuts.

onlyinamerica

View the vidieo, looks like the officers are doing a better job than I would have with this criminal drama queen!!!!

swiss family

thank you for showing the video...it is like watching an episode of "cops" one where you sit there laughing at the "criminal" for being so loud and belligerent, and you wonder if they don't realize that they are in custody, and would do better by cooperating and being respectful... I think the officers tried to treat her with respect, but even after she was , held and cuffed, and helped back up. she thought that getting in their faces and yelling at them was her best option???strange????????

I would encourage her though to increase her monetary value.. maybe even increase it by another million or two.. I mean did you see the way she flung that folder with ease and distance?? with an arm like that, and if that were a "golf Frisbee" she could be city champ if the cuffs didn't harm, that delicate arm and talent....heck maybe even increase it by 4 or 5 million.. I mean if you are going to dream...DREAM BIG !!

rbenn

I dont see anything out of line in this video, NPD did a great job with this idiot! She deserves nothing,but maybe a cameo spot on worlds dumbest criminals.

BIGRED1

I'm confused..Is her husband suing the city or his wife for mental anguish? If I were the city attorney I would look into there medical records. I'd bet Mr.Lee has had a few trips to the emergency room courtesy of the drunken mother of the year. The sad part is they will receive some sort of monetary settlement in this case..Taxpayers lose again!!!

Warhol_89

It is bad on Lee's part to be fighting back with the officers, but can you really blame her? It's like the officers expected her to be cooperative while trying to hold in her pee for so long without being able to use the restroom. Couldn't she have been supervised if they let her use the restroom, so all this "brutality" could have been avoided? Honestly, I believe anyone who can hold in their pee for so long without getting irritated is a shoe in for America's Got Talent. Better start applying, folks!

commonsense

Yes I blame her. She should have just peed on them. If I had to pee, and fought with the police, I would not be able to hold it any longer. She was faking. And she was drunk and driving.

swiss family

it seems s if she has a lot to say to the police before and especially after she is restrained.... and I am NOT a body language expert, or a lip reader, but if she was in so much pain and agony because of the cuffs being too tight.. I do not see anything in there anywhere , where she nods toward, or shows any type of expressions on her part to tell them that they were hurting her and were too tight....I do wish again, that if she continues with her allegations and statements defaming the work ethics and procedure practices of these guys, and loses, there ought to be a way to sue her for equal damages....

rebel yeller

Mimi Lee should just sue for a lifetime supply of depends and then call it a day.

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