SYCAMORE – A 20-year-old homeless man accused of kicking out a jail door window when he was too drunk to be placed with other inmates has offered to fix the window himself.
During a court hearing Thursday morning, Dylan J. Blackstone told DeKalb County Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert that he knows basic construction, so he could fix the glass window he allegedly broke while being held at DeKalb County Jail about 1:30 a.m. He also told her that the two new charges he faces – underage drinking and possession of drug paraphernalia – are baseless.
"I have not drank or smoked marijuana in four days," Blackstone said in court.
The purpose of the hearing was simply to review the charges against Blackstone and to consider his bail. Stuckert kept his bail at $5,000, which would require posting $500 to be released while the case is pending.
He was charged with felony criminal damage to state-supported property for allegedly breaking the window in the jail's visitation room. It's the most serious charge he faces and it's typically punishable with probation or up to three years in prison.
But Stuckert also ordered Blackstone to complete an alcohol evaluation and asked him to observe the county's drug court program on Friday. Drug court offers defendants with substance abuse problems reduced or suspended sentences in exchange for completing treatment, seeking work, completing education or other requirements based on their situation.
Blackstone is serving court supervision, a form of nonreporting probation, for a drunk-driving case and has three other pending underage drinking cases, prosecutor Phil Montgomery said.
In one of the pending cases, Blackstone is accused of drunkenly stumbling across Buena Vista Golf Course in DeKalb at 2 p.m. April 16, acting strangely enough that a resident who lives along the golf course called police, police said. Blackstone was carrying a knife, but never threatened anyone with it, police said.
Blackstone, who has given police addresses in Sandwich and DeKalb after prior arrests, said he has no place to stay and no one to call to ask for bail money, although he had submitted eight job applications in the past two days.
"I'm kind of stuck on my own," Blackstone said. "And that's it."