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updated: 7/17/2012 10:37 PM

Batavia man also faces felony charge for vandalism to squad car

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  • Andrew P. Pederson

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A Batavia man has been accused, for the second day in a row, of throwing a party where alcohol was served to minors.

And now he also faces a felony charge and several misdemeanors, as police say he tried to escape from custody.

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Police arrested Andrew P. Pederson, 19, of the 800 block of Pottawatomie Trail, at 11:26 p.m. Sunday at his home. According to a police report, there were 12 people there, three of whom tested positive for drinking alcohol.

Pederson was charged with felony criminal damage to state-supported property. Police say he damaged the door frame of a squad car in which he was sitting. They didn't see how he did it, but somehow the door frame was bent, and a window was pushed off its track. Pederson then managed to get out of the squad car, but was caught on site, Deputy Police Chief Dan Eul said.

Pederson was also charged with escaping from a police officer, obstruction of justice, permitting a gathering where liquor is illegally served, and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. All are misdemeanors.

Three guests were issued city ordinance violation tickets charging them with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor: Lydia G. Scoaro, 18, of the 0-99 block of Winthrop New Road, Sugar Grove; Alvaro Velazquez, 18, of the 200 block of Lathem Street, Batavia; and Kristi A. Smith, 18, of the 48W200 block of Kaneland Drive, Maple Park.

On Saturday, Pederson was issued city tickets for permitting a gathering where liquor is illegally served, and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Bail was set at $16,500 Monday.

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