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ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – A man who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving is suing two Olmsted County sheriff’s deputies he says conducted an unreasonable strip search.

Jonathan Jacobson says the two deputies searched his body without reasonable suspicion or probable cause that he was smuggling drugs or weapons. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court names deputies James McCormick and Polyxene Voltaire as defendants. Jacobson says he was taken to the county’s jail in Rochester and ordered into the strip search cell in September 2009. He alleges the deputies searched his entire body, causing him emotional trauma.

County Attorney Mark Ostrem tells the Post-Bulletin it’s standard procedure that anyone brought to the jail is given some sort of a search. Jacobson is asking for monetary damages in an amount to be determined by a jury.

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