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Sycamore man jailed for going to court drunk

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:20 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:18 a.m. CST
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Lamonte Johnson

SYCAMORE – A 45-year-old Sycamore man is serving five days in DeKalb County Jail after going to court Thursday morning with a blood-alcohol content of 0.282 percent.

When court officials asked Lamonte Johnson, whose address is listed in court records in the 13600 block of Lawson Road, if he was intoxicated, Johnson told Judge John McAdams that he had been drinking Wednesday night and Thursday morning. They had him take a Breathalyzer test.

“This is egregious,” McAdams said. “You are over three times the legal [driving] limit. That defines direct criminal contempt.”

Johnson’s attorney discouraged him from talking out of turn, but McAdams asked him if he would like to say anything.

“I’m going to Rosecrans tomorrow,” Johnson said, referring to a network of drug and alcohol treatment facilities.

“Anything else?” McAdams asked.

“I am an alcoholic,” Johnson said.

McAdams continued the status hearing that had brought Johnson into the courtroom until Monday, when he will have finished his five-day jail sentence.

Prosecutors are trying to revoke Johnson’s probation because he failed to report to his probation officer seven times between November and January, court records show. He’s serving two years of probation after pleading guilty in December 2011 to felony violation of an order of protection.

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