During Red Ribbon Week 2012, here's a word to the wise to any teenager thinking of not telling the truth when an officer asks for your identification: Always tell the truth. If you don't, the consequences can be serious.
Geneva police cited Patrick Edwards, 18, of Geneva for possession of alcohol by minor and arrested him on charges of obstructing identification around 1:34 a.m. Oct. 20 in the 2200 block of Blackberry Drive, reports said.
According to the complaint in the 16th Circuit Court, Edwards intentionally provided a police officer with a fictitious name, date of birth and address after being lawfully detained.
Edwards has a court date of Nov. 20 at the Kane County Branch Court.
Correction: An earlier version of this article indicated that Patrick Edwards used a fake ID. According to police reports, he provided a police officer with a fictitious name, date of birth and address, but there is no indication a fake ID was used either to purchase alcohol or in identifying himself to police.
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