Officers Bust Underage Drinking Party: Police Blotter

Here is an item involving a Darien resident on March 9.

A 19-year-old Darien resident was one of nine people charged with underage drinking following a March 9 party in Downers Grove, according to police.

Zachary E. Deleshe-Medlin, of the 8500 block of Highcrest Drive, was charged with violating Downers Grove Village Ordinance 3.34, unlawful possession and consumption of alcohol by persons underage, according to a police report.

Police found Deleshe-Medlin in a garage of a home sometime after 1:23 a.m. on the 1200 block of Andrus Avenue in Downers Grove once officers received permission to enter the property. Police received word that there were several friends of a resident over at the home drinking alcohol, all underage.

Six police officers and one sergeant responded to the scene. The partygoers would not respond to an officer's attempt to contact them from outside. A person whose name was redacted in the police report said the officers could enter the home and opened the front door for them.

Police found several of the guests in the laundry room of the basement. Each minor was identified and then submitted to a portable breath test. An officer located another minor hiding next to the furnace in the basement. The minor was arrested.

Along with Deleshe-Medlin, police found Downers Grove residents Anthony Gregorich and Scott Putrukovich in the garage. All three of them were arrested.

Police took two juveniles and six adult minors in a Woodridge Police transport van to the Downers Grove Police Department for booking. One officer transported Jessica A. Fields, the only adult female at the gathering, in a squad car. Jake A. Rak, the first teen arrested at the party, came to the station in the squad car he was placed in.

The following adults were charged with violating Village Ordinance 3.34, unlawful possession and consumption of alcohol by persons underage. Most of them are 19-year-old Downers Grove residents, except where noted:

  • Zachary E. Deleshe-Medlin, of the 8500 block of Highcrest Drive, Darien
  • Jessica A. Fields, of the 6700 block of Bunker Hill Circle
  • Anthony D. Gregorich, 18, of the 1600 block of Alamance Pl
  • John F. McMahon, of the 400 block of Davis Street
  • Mark A. Plantz, of the 1400 block of Brunette Drive
  • Scott T. Putrukovich, of the 8600 block of Washington Street
  • Jake A. Rak, 18, of the 800 block of Claremont Drive
  • Christopher C. Ullrich, of the 7100 block of Matthias Road

A juvenile was also charged with violating the underage drinking ordinance. He was released on an I-bond to his mother. Since some of the report is redacted, it is unclear if a second juvenile was charged. Photos were taken at the residence and entered into evidence.


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Robert March 26, 2013 at 05:23 PM
that is stupid. they were in a garage having fun. leave the kids alone!! jerks.
Dennis Bolsega March 26, 2013 at 08:33 PM
But those kids just having fun would probably be driving cars in a little while.
Robert March 26, 2013 at 09:34 PM
the punishment is so severe now for this that you should have more than a "they would probably be driving". now they wont be driving. they'll be getting licenses suspended which means difficulty getting to work and school, all kinds of legal fees, plus whatever classes and crap the judge feels like giving them. hopefully he's in a good mood. they WEREN'T driving. they were being teenagers, in a garage. for what they were doing, this isn't excessive?: Any person under age 21 who receives court supervision for the possession, consumption, purchase, or receipt of alcoholic beverages will receive a 3-month suspension of driving privileges. Aside from the loss of driving privileges, possible fines and jail time, other consequences caused by drinking may include high insurance costs, mandatory alcohol evaluation and treatment, court and attorney fees and negative long-term effects on your driving record and job opportunities. First offense — 3-month suspension of driving privileges for a BAC of more than .00. Second offense — 1-year suspension of driving privileges for a BAC of more than .00.
kathy casey March 27, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Lets keep in mind that they may have been getting behind the wheel putting everyone at risk... I mean seriously.... not a good idea... so for what ever they are going to get charged with thats nothing compared to maybe killing someone while driving drunk.... whos to say it would have happened but it could have.... so hopefully they learned something from this experience and will b a tad bit smarter next time. i doubt it tough.... they're young u don't really learn your lessons till the age of 30... So beware everyone.... peace out...
kathy casey March 27, 2013 at 02:08 AM
I meant though not tough...


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