Update: Batavia Teen From Drinking Parties Released From Jail
Andrew Pederson is out on $1,650 bond. The next court date for his case is Wednesday.
The Batavia teen accused of throwing two underage drinking parties in two days is out of jail.
A total of $1,650 was posted for Andrew Pederson, 19, to leave the Kane County Jail on Wednesday night. The amount was the required 10 percent of the $16,500 bail set by Judge Allen Anderson on Monday.
Pederson is charged with one felony count of criminal damage to government-supported property—a Batavia Police squad car—and several misdemeanor charges tied to two underage drinking parties.
Pederson's case will be in court next on July 25 for a status hearing, according to court records.
At 12:25 a.m. on July 14, Batavia Police responded to Pederson's residence on the 800 block of Pottawatomie Trail. They wrote drinking tickets for 20 underage party guests and sent Pederson a notice to appear in court.
Officers showed up again at 11:26 p.m. on July 15 for another party at the Pederson residence. Three more tickets were written and Pederson was placed in a squad car. He was able to damage a door of the squad and get outside, but was caught again, according to a police report.
Pederson's parents were out of town at the time of the parties.
Parties Get Mixed Reactions
Readers and residents of the east-side neighborhood where the party took place shared their thoughts on the situation.
A commenter with the login name "Wahhh" said:
"Don't act like you didn't used to drink underage or like you have never broken a law ... Mind your own business, it's kids trying to have fun."
Another commenter, Jimmy, replied to "Wahh." Here is an excerpt:
"My family and I live in the Prairie Trails subdivision and heard those two parties from a distance of over two blocks. As such, I find your 'Mind your own business' recommendation hilarious as well as hypocritical."
Andy Emmert said:
"What a waste of taxpayer dollars that could be used to arrest actual criminals."
User bataviamom added:
"The problem isn't teens trying to have "fun" it's what happens at the party, after the party. Drunk driving, hurting innocent people, just to name a few. The problem with teens is that you think you're invincible. Trust me when I say this ... you will understand when you're a parent."
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