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February 3, 2023

Dana Being Dana…Davenport’s DUI; “I Have Political Clout In This City” – DUI Cams; Police Reports –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On January 21, 2023

Naperville, IL. (ECWd) –

After having to take legal action, several months of waiting, and two separate court hearings, a DuPage County Judge unsealed all of the records from Dana Davenport’s February 2022 DUI and a subsequent felony charge of obstruction of justice – tampering with evidence, by concealing physical evidence, related to her refusal to submit to a breath test and refusal of a court-ordered search warrant for a blood test. She was arrested in downtown Naperville after leaving a Chamber of Commerce event at BMW’s.

At the time of her arrest, she was a public officer and attorney. We became interested when we received a tip asking how she could convince the court to seal all of the records related to her arrest when DUI arrests are routinely available for public inspection. It struck us as preferential treatment based on who she was.

As a media organization, we filed a motion to intervene in the case, which was granted, after Davenport pled guilty to DUI and the other charges were not prosecuted. Davenport’s attorney filed a response and argued against unsealing the records. The court ordered them unsealed, and later, we find that Davenport’s attorney had filed a motion to expunge the record of the charges which were not prosecuted. We have all of them after sending new FOIA requests to the City of Naperville and the DuPage County State’s Attorney.

From within the arrest and incident reports:

  • drove under the influence
  • failure to signal
  • disobeyed traffic control signal
  • improper lane usage
  • failed horizontal gaze test
  • failed walk and turn test
  • failed one leg stand test
  • refused to provide breath sample
  • refused search warrant for blood test

From the videos below, she repeatedly says she is an attorney throughout the video, wants the cameras shut off, “woman to woman…I am an attorney,” asks to call her mother, doesn’t want to be embarrassed, mentions “I have political clout in this city . . . I would just like to keep it quiet” and “and can you take off these handcuffs I’m a lawyer” and states “I’m a pillar. Like for women,” and “I am a community servant” and “do you know I went to law school” and “then I’ll call a f-king lawyer.” At one point, she apparently came close to resisting arrest by arguing against being handcuffed again and grabbing some of the papers, based on comments from the police officer present.

Dana Michelle Davenport was, at the time of her arrest, a Liquor Commissioner in the City of Naperville, is currently an attorney and is a television and internet talk show host of “Dana Being Dana” which according to her website is aired in Chicagoland, Washington, DC, National Harbor, Maryland, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and at certain events. Even hosting “Finding Common Ground” on Naperville Community Television NCTV17 (See it on YouTube). Apparently, she sometimes goes by Dana Michelle.


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6 Comments
  • RORY STEIDL
    Posted at 17:04h, 21 January Reply

    If I heard these statements once…I heard them at least 200 times, “I’m just on my way home”; “I’m not trying to hurt anyone”; “Why are you doing this to me?”

    I was an LEO from ’78 to 2019 and I found it absolutely amazing that from ?? 1990 ?? going forward – what with all of the increased emphasis on DUI and DUI/alcohol abuse messaging on TV, radio, in print, and in schools – that anyone would drive under the influence. And, here we are today, in 2023, and it’s the same old song and dance from people who are DUI. And still, I’m amazed. And still, people are dying in alcohol-related crashes.

    • Greg G
      Posted at 23:17h, 29 January Reply

      Hi Rory, Thank You for your service to the people of Illinois, How many DUI arrests did you make during your career, and did you ever arrest anyone you personally knew?

      Thanks Greg

  • RORY STEIDL
    Posted at 17:06h, 21 January Reply

    Oops. I meant 1978 to 2010…not 2019.

  • David Somerset
    Posted at 17:37h, 21 January Reply

    Where to begin? Since Dana Davenport invoked her ‘elite’ status, as an attorney licensed by the Illinois Supreme Court, to the police, let’s start there. Below is a link to M.R. 1340, an order of the Illinois Supreme Court regarding rules of conduct the Illinois Supreme Court requires licensed Illinois Attorneys to obey.

    https://ilcourtsaudio.blob.core.windows.net/antilles-resources/resources/0c94eda9-0b73-4ea2-bc1d-4200e503f2a1/070109.pdf

    Pay particular attention to Section 8.4, MISCONDUCT.

    RULE 8.4: MISCONDUCT
    It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:
    (a) violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another.
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    (b) commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.
    (c) engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
    (d) engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.
    (e) state or imply an ability to influence improperly a government agency or official or to achieve results by means that violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law.

    This is just the beginning. There’s so much more. Read the rules for yourself.
    Should Dana Davenport be required to explain her actions detailed in the Illinois Leaks report?

  • Callen G Scigalski
    Posted at 12:04h, 22 January Reply

    Perhaps she should change the name of her show to “Dana Being Loaded.”

  • Barney Fife
    Posted at 22:14h, 22 January Reply

    All that clout AND SHE STILL GOT CUFFED AND STUFFED?

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