Barrington police charge 11 teens following party in the woods

One 14-year-old girl rushed to the hospital

Posted 5/10/21

Barrington EMTs rushed a 14-year-old girl to the hospital and local police charged 11 teenagers with underage possession of alcohol following an underage party on Friday night, May 7.

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Barrington police charge 11 teens following party in the woods

One 14-year-old girl rushed to the hospital

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Barrington EMTs rushed a 14-year-old girl to the hospital and local police charged 11 teenagers with underage possession of alcohol following an underage party on Friday night, May 7.

Someone called police at about 8:40 p.m. on Friday and complained of loud noise coming from the Veterans Park woods behind the Bayside YMCA. Officers arrived on the scene and saw two teenage boys walking across the ball field near the entrance to the park. Police spoke briefly to the boys and then traveled deeper into the woods. They parked their cruisers and made their way on foot about a quarter-mile into the woods, following the sound of voices.

Police eventually located a campfire burning in the woods, and a group of about a dozen teenagers gathered there; police said the teenagers were holding alcoholic drinks. Bicycles were strewn around the area and police were about to begin questioning the teens when one boy ran up to the officers and said his friend was dying. Police said a 14-year-old girl was laying on the ground unconscious and foaming at the mouth. Officers said she was breathing, but was completely unresponsive. Quickly officers radioed to the station and requested an EMT respond to the woods. 

Meanwhile, police asked the other teens what the girl had consumed; the group said she had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. Police also asked if anyone else had consumed the same things, in an effort to better understand if the marijuana had possibly been laced with another drug. Two other teens said they had smoked the marijuana, police said, but were not experiencing the same problems. 

Police also spoke over the phone with the unconscious girl’s parents. Police said the girl’s father would not give consent to have her treated or sent to the hospital, but officers told the man that the EMTs would determine what to do with the girl.

An officer carried the girl out of the woods to the dirt driveway to meet the EMTs, who eventually transported the girl to a hospital. 

Police said they gathered information about all the teenagers at the party and later released them to their parents. In total, police charged 11 juveniles with underage possession or consumption-possession. The juveniles were all Barrington residents — there was one 14-year-old, one 16-year-old, and nine 15-year-olds.

Later that night, police went back into the woods and searched the area to see if they could locate any other teens who may have fled the scene when officers arrived. They did not find any more teenagers there. 

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