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 set by Judge Allen Anderson on Monday.
Pederson is charged with one felony count of criminal damage to government-supported property—a 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 and sent Pederson a notice to appear in court.
Officers showed up again at 11:26 p.m. on July 15 for . 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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