Sheriff: Limestone County inmate ripped out sprinkler head, sink, telephone, broke glass in jail windows

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Austin Baker Young (Photo: Limestone County Jail)

Austin Baker Young (Photo: Limestone County Jail)

ATHENS, Ala. – A Limestone County inmate is in hot water for destroying several parts of the jail, according to Sheriff Mike Blakely.  Austin Baker Young, 33, was originally arrested for drug and public intoxication charges.  He now faces four counts of destruction of state property.

Sheriff Blakely said Young has been uncooperative since his arrest early Saturday morning, March 5.  Sheriff Blakely says Young committed the following acts:

  • Around 12:45 a.m. Saturday he broke the sprinkler head in the ceiling of his cell, causing some flooding
  • Around 2:05 a.m. Sunday, he ripped a telephone off the wall in the booking area and used it to strike a glass window multiple times, breaking the phone and the window
  • He was placed in a holding cell and fitted with a set of stun cuffs, which can deliver an electrical charge similar to a taser. He was able to break the strap.
  • Monday around 7:30 a.m. Young tore the sink from the wall of his cell. Maintenance workers came and removed the remaining hardware for his safety.
  • Monday afternoon, he was able to break the supply lines to the sink, causing more flooding. Maintenance workers came again, capping off as many of the remaining lines as possible.
  • Early Tuesday morning, Young broke a hot water pipe into the cell wall.

Sheriff Blakely said they’re working to determine the total cost of all the damage.

Young has posted $24,000 bond for his charges. He was released from jail on Tuesday evening.