Columbus police find 16-year-old girl unconscious at underage drinking party

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (October 8, 2015) – The Columbus teen who police say hosted an underage drinking party spoke to CBS4 after his 16-year-old friend was hospitalized from alcohol poisoning.

“I made sure that she was breathing every 10 to 15 minutes,” said the teenager.

The party was at a home on Smith Street early Tuesday morning. Police were called by a neighbor complaining about the noise from the party.

“Something definitely did not seem right especially at 2:30 a.m. when people are trying to sleep and there was all of that noise,” said Sgt. Matt Harris of Columbus Police.

That phone call led to police to find a 16-year-old girl passed out on the living room floor after her friends say she drank several shots of vodka.

“This girl was very intoxicated and definitely needed medical attention,” said Sgt. Harris.

Eight people were taken into custody after the Columbus Police busted the party. Five were under the age of 18, three others, 25-year-old Josh Smith, 19-year-old William Hickey and 19-year-old Jacob Lewis were arrested for illegal consumption and possession of marijuana. The 16-year-old who threw the party says he is glad his friend is okay.

“I felt bad that she was sent to the hospital,” said the teenager.

Police say the teens should have called for help. They would have been protected by Indiana’s lifeline law which encourages people to call for medical help in emergency situations by offering some immunity for underage drinkers.

“We can get aid to them and there would be no criminal charges,” said Sgt. Harris.

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