Girl, 15, taken from underage drinking party with possible alcohol poisoning

Cary Ashby • Feb 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Paramedics transported a 15-year-old girl with suspected alcohol poisoning from an underage party to the hospital this weekend. Police brought eight other juveniles to the station to take a breathalyzer.

"Some of them were drunk. Some were not," Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said. "A lot of admissions were made here."

Officers on the second shift responded to a Chatham Street apartment for an underage party at 9:05 p.m. Friday. Light said a caller reported seeing teenagers dropped off at the residence.

After a few minutes of knocking at the door, someone let officers inside.

Light said police detected "a strong smell of marijuana" coming from inside, saw a marijuana pipe on a coffee table in plain view and three bottles of vodka "close to the teenagers." One of the bottles was nearly empty.

Officers also heard people vomiting. Light said police found a 15-year-old girl in the bathroom vomiting.

"She showed signs of alcohol poisoning," the chief said. "Somebody could die from something like that."

North Central EMS transported the girl to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Her condition was unknown as of press time.

Police took eight juveniles into protective custody, three of whom officers determined were under the influence of alcohol.

"Eight of the juveniles were brought to the station. We had them take a breathalyzer," Light said.

The teens who took the breath test had blood-alcohol content levels of .032 percent, .046 percent and .08 percent, he said.

The nine juveniles at the party ranged in age from 14 to 17.

When police asked the teenagers if they knew who the apartment owner was, Light said only one girl did.

"One girl had all those kids here. All the rest didn't know who lived there," the chief said. "Apparently a parent was gone (from) there."

Charles A. Sidoti, 20, of 95 N. Prospect St., was charged with underage consumption. Police said he appeared to be under the influence of marijuana.

"The 20-year-old (man) admitted to taking a couple shots. He told us it wasn't illegal to be high," Light said.

Police seized a prescription bottle with a torn label that contained three different types of pills and a film container with traces of suspected marijuana as evidence. Officers forwarded a report to the Huron County Prosecutor's Office and Huron County Juvenile Court.

"We are going to actively pursue the underage parties when we get information on them," Light said. "Spring break is coming. Prom is coming."

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