Another intoxicated Barrington teenager rushed to hospital


For the second time in less than two weeks, a Barrington teenager consumed a large amount of alcohol, fell ill and needed to be transported to a hospital.

Police received a 911 call at about 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 alerting officers to a 17-year-old Barrington boy who had downed about 7 or 8 shots of vodka and then became quite sick. One of the boy’s friends made the call.

Officers and rescue personnel arrived a few minutes later to the boy’s home, which is located near Barrington Beach, and found the local teenager. He had reportedly vomited several times and was in “serious condition,” said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross.

“This kid did the same thing as the girl down by (Mussachuck) Beach,” the chief added.

Chief LaCross was referring to the June 2 incident where a 15-year-old girl allegedly drank a bottle of whiskey, passed out and appeared to be suffering from alcohol poisoning.

Police and fire received a 911 call at about 1 a.m. on June 2 after a small group of people hanging out at Mussachuck Beach realized the girl had too much to drink and may be experiencing alcohol poisoning. Police said the girl was completely unresponsive.

At about the same time, police noticed the girl’s breathing to be quite shallow. While rescue personnel started to prepare the girl to be transported to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital, police interviewed other individuals who said the girl drank a fifth of whiskey and may have taken other substances also. Police later called the girl’s mother and told her to meet her daughter at the hospital.

Police said the 17-year-old boy had been home alone — his father was out of town — during the recent incident.

Chief LaCross said he had contacted the Barrington Adult Youth Team, a substance abuse task force, in an effort to coordinate a response to the recent incidents.

“Kids are going to experiment, we know that, but hopefully parents can start talking to their children about the consequences of this behavior,” he said.


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