GENEVA – A South Elgin youth, who eluded Geneva police and the sheriff’s K-9 officer through Fabyan Forest Preserve – was eventually found and charged with drinking underage – and then his parents came to pick him up.
Caleb M. Dehut, 19, of the 500 block of East Thorndale Lane, South Elgin, was also charged April 28 with possession of drug paraphernalia and of tobacco under the age of 21 under Geneva's local ordinances, according to reports.
Police on patrol saw Dehut carrying a bag of golf clubs and walking north on the sidewalk in the 700 block of Fox Run Drive at 4:33 a.m.
When the officer tried to contact him, he dropped the bag and ran into the brush behind the homes, reports stated.
At 5:03 a.m., an officer saw Dehut walking east from the Fox Run Drive cemetery, but he ran south into Fabyan Forest Preserve when the officer tried to make contact with him.
Kane County Sheriff K-9 Arko assisted officers in trying to track Dehut through the forest preserve, but could not find him, reports stated.
Then shortly after 6 a.m., the same officer who first tried to talk to Dehut, did a vehicle check of a silver 2009 Honda Accord parked at the forest preserve – and saw that it was the same person who ran from him initially.
Dehut told police said he was out for a morning walk and was hitting golf balls on the 16th hole at sunrise, reports stated.
“I noticed Caleb was wearing blue sweatpants that were wet. He did not have on shoes, his socks were wet with grass on them and he had multiple burrs stuck to his sweatpants,” the report stated. “Caleb also had a small cut on his left eyebrow.”
Caleb told the officer he ran from him because he was scared and that the golf clubs belonged to his parents.
As they spoke, the officer detected an odor of alcohol, reports stated.
Police fund a partially full 1.75 liter bottle of Skol Vodka behind the front passenger seat of the vehicle, which led to him being charged with underage drinking.
Dehut was taken into custody. Due to his intoxication, his parents arrived to pick him up, the report stated.
Dehut is scheduled to appear in court June 16 for plea setting, court records show.