Police refute rumors Peterson involved in bar fight

By Don Grigas
Recent blog reports that Drew Peterson was involved in a fight at a Bolingbrook bar in the early morning hours Saturday are untrue, according to Bolingbrook police.

Lt. Ken Teppel, spokesman for the Bolingbrook Police Department, said Peterson reportedly was in the restaurant earlier Friday night, but was not present when the fight — initially between two females and then two males — took place outside Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, 431 W. Boughton Road.

“Drew Peterson had absolutely nothing to with the fight, was not involved in any altercation at the bar or outside,” said Teppel. “The fight took place outside the bar after it was closed.

“Unfortunately, a local man took some video of the broken window being boarded up, then contacted local media outlets and suggested to them Drew Peterson was involved in a bar fight, and that he had a video,” said Teppel.

Peterson is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, and has received national media attention since her disappearance Oct. 28.

By Saturday morning, a handful of Chicago area media outlets had contacted the Bolingbrook Police Department seeking information.

Once they were informed of the circumstances of the fight, none of the outlets ran stories about the brawl, Teppel said.

In the meantime, bloggers were publishing comments on the Internet about Peterson’s alleged involvement in the fracas.

According to police reports, officers were called to the parking lot of the bar at 2:15 a.m. Saturday for reports of a fight in progress.

Police charged Carol Highland, 24, 24 Assembly Court, Romeoville, with misdemeanor battery for punching a 25-year-old Bolingbrook woman in the face.

When two men intervened in the fight, they “got into it, and somehow went through one of the plate-glass windows of the bar,” Teppel said.

No one else was arrested in the incident, and police said the victim did not need medical attention.

The bar was closed at the time, and some of the staff were inside cleaning when the fight took place.

Owner of the bar, Bob Zalewski, did not press charges because the men agreed to make restitution for the broken window, Teppel said.

Zalewski also confirmed that Peterson had been inside the establishment earlier in the evening but left and was not involved in the fight.