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Crime & Courts

Woman with multiple DUIs asks to stay in jail

Tonya E. Duff, 30, of Dixon
Tonya E. Duff, 30, of Dixon

SYCAMORE – A woman facing her third driving under the influence charge asked a judge on Tuesday to let her stay in the DeKalb County Jail until her next court hearing, saying she has nowhere to go.

DeKalb County Judge Philip Montgomery ruled that Tonya E. Duff, 30, of the 300 block of Sherman Avenue in Dixon, should be released on her signature while awaiting trial on charges of aggravated DUI, driving with a revoked license and obstructing identification. As it would be her third DUI offense, the aggravated DUI charge is a felony that could carry a one to three year sentence to prison.

Duff has been jailed since Sunday. According to court records, an employee of Casey’s General Store in Kingston called police to ask for an officer to check on a visibly intoxicated customer later identified as Duff.

When a DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy arrived, he saw Duff sitting in a gray Mitsubishi sedan parked in a handicapped spot, and noticed her breath smelled strongly of alcohol. When questioned, Duff gave a fake name and refused field sobriety and breath tests, requiring Judge Robbin Stuckert to authorize a search warrant to have her blood tested, records said.

DeKalb County Judge Philip Montgomery ordered that she be released on a $5,000 recognizance bond but would be required to wear a secure remote bracelet that continuously monitors alcohol, which reports if the wearer drinks, and undergo pretrial supervision. Since she said that her cellphone had been stolen and did not have any family to stay with, Duff asked if she could remain in jail until her next hearing Thursday. Duff likely will have to remain in jail because said she would be unable to pay fees required for the SCRAM bracelet.

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