Pekin Police Arrest 26 at Underage NYE Drinking Party

By WEEK Producer

January 3, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill -- An underage drinking party in Pekin resulted in 26 arrests New Years Morning.

Pekin police say officers were dispatched to a house on Brooklawn Avenue around 3 a.m. Sunday.

While an officer was watching the house they observed a male get in his car and leave the house.

After squealing his tires, 19-year-old Austin Leasly of Pekin was pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence.

Meanwhile, officers arrived at the home to find teens inside drinking, but they were not allowed in.

Officers then noticed a male and female on the couch who appeared to be unresponsive.

Worried about their well-being officers got entered the home.

Twenty-year-old Tyler Evans of Pekin was arrested for resisting a peace officer after he tried holding the door. He was also ticketed for illegal consumption.

Nineteen-year-old Kyle Henderson of Pekin and 19-year-old Charles Surratt, who lived in the home, were ticketed for illegal consumption and presence where minors consume alcohol. Neighbors tell police the home is rented.

Seventeen others were ticketed for illegal consumption including:
Kaitlyn Gudzinskas, 19, of Pekin
Andru Justice, 19, of Pekin
Blain Hill, 19, of Pekin
Jackson Kober, 19, of Pekin
Emily Brasher, 19, of Pekin
Zachary Dains, 20, of Pekin
Ian Barnes, 19, of Pekin
Miranda Ziemba, 18, of Washington
Colton Vinovich, 19, of Pekin
Christopher Trier, 20, of Pekin
Alicia Fussner, 18, of Washington
Jamie Fussner, 20, of Washington
Kayla Steele, 19, of Marquette Heights
Quinn Clark, 19, of Pekin
Jakob Francis, 19, of Pekin
Kain Hoeniges, 20, of Pekin
Marissa McGurr, 19, of Pekin

Three others were ticketed for presence where minors consume alcohol including:
Visar Rrushaj, 21, of Pekin
Amanda Miller, 22, of North Pekin
Timothy Bergener, 19, of Pekin

And two 17-year olds were released to their parents.

It is still not clear who bought the alcohol for the party.

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