Lake Station councilman arrested for battery
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org March 20, 2012 5:12PM
Updated: April 22, 2012 10:14AM
LAKE STATION — City Councilman Harry Pedroza Jr., who is also an officer with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, was arrested early Tuesday on a battery charge, according to police.
Pedroza could not be reached for comment.
Lake Station Police Lt. John McDaniel said the department received a call around midnight at Pedroza’s residence about a fight between him and a woman.
When officers responded, McDaniel said, the woman showed obvious signs of battery, although she refused treatment, and Pedroza showed signs of being intoxicated.
Pedroza was arrested, and he bonded out around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. McDaniel did not know the amount of the bond.
A release from the Sheriff’s Department said Pedroza was placed on administrative leave Tuesday and turned in his weapon. He will be placed on restrictive, limited duty on Wednesday, the release said, and Sheriff John Buncich plans to seek disciplinary action with the Sheriff’s Merit Board.
This is the second incident Pedroza has had with police in the past five months. He was involved in November in a vehicle crash that injured a woman.
Police said at the time that Pedroza had been driving on Central Avenue when his car veered across the road and struck a pole, a fence and a parked car. The parked car struck a woman. Pedroza was cited for not having proof of insurance and for driving with a registration tag that belonged to another vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Department placed him on his second suspension, for 15 days, for that incident.
Pedroza was also reprimanded by the Lake County Board of Elections in 2010 for taking improper campaigning steps on behalf of Thomas Philpot, who was then running for sheriff.