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2:39 AM Wed, Nov. 21st

Girl hospitalized after passing out at party

A 17-year-old girl was hospitalized Saturday night after Prescott Valley Police officers found her passed out at a party. Officers also cited 13 teens for underage drinking.

At 8:59 p.m., officers answered a call about a loud party in the 4600 block of Verde Vista and found many teens aged 13 to 18 who were drinking alcoholic beverages, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police.

Several teens tried to flee, but were caught by officers, Bonney said.

The girl found unresponsive was lying in a pool of vomit, and emergency medical services took her to Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus for treatment of possible alcohol poisoning, Bonney said.

"She was later talking and responding to emergency services personnel on the scene," Bonney said.

Bonney added that the person who reported the situation possibly saved the girl's life.

"If people see underage drinking they need to get involved and alert police," Bonney said.

"Underage drinking is dangerous. If she had not been lying on her side, she could have aspirated her vomit and died, or someone could have taken advantage of her while she was passed out."

Bonney urged parents to talk with their children about the dangers of underage drinking, and urged people to report any underage drinking violations they see to police.

The Draw the Line website at www.drawyourline.com, created by the Arizona Governor's Office on Children, Youth and Families, is a good starting point for parents looking for information and is also a good website to look at and discuss with your kids, Bonney said.