Deputies seek alcohol source

1 girl taken to hospital, released to her mother after Jan. 30 party


— Deputies are investigating another reported incident of underage drinking after a 16-year-old girl was found unconscious in a car at a party held the night of Jan. 30.

Routt County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Ken Klinger said he thinks six to eight minors were drinking at the party in a house on Routt County Road 24. Between 40 and 50 teens, some young adults and a number of parents also were at the party, Klinger said.

At about 2 a.m. Jan. 31, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to the party, where the girl was found unconscious, Klinger said. Medical crews took the girl to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where her blood alcohol level was measured at 0.284. Any alcohol consumption by a minor is illegal, and the girl’s blood alcohol content also was more than three times the legal limit adults could be arrested for driving under the influence, and more than five times the limit for driving while ability impaired.

After treatment, she was released that morning to her mother.

Klinger said no tickets were issued at the time of the party, but deputies are seeking the identities of who provided alcohol to the minors. Anyone with information is urged to call investigators Klinger or Mike Curzon at 870-5504.

People who provide alcohol to minors can be charged under Colorado law with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony punishable by two to six years in jail and a mandatory parole of three years. It also carries a fine of $2,000 to $500,000.

The incident follows a party Jan. 10, also in the county, where an intoxicated 17-year-old girl fell 16 feet from a deck onto snow-covered concrete below. She remains in a Denver hospital, and investigators from the Sheriff’s Office arrested 25-year-old Ryan Atkinson on suspicion of supplying alcohol to seven people who were younger than 21.


terry55 7 years, 2 months ago

Underage drinking is a problem that will always be on someone's radar and rightfully so,however do you really believe sending a parent to prison is the solution?We have bigger problems in the boat/colorado/usa then this and no one is being sent to jail.


Scott Wedel 7 years, 2 months ago

A unconscious kid with a .284 BAC? That is alcohol poisoning! The kid could have died. Any adults present providing alcohol should be facing jail, though probably probation and education if they were at least the ones that called 911 and took care of the unconscious kid.

And yes, jail is part of the solution because providing alcohol and being present at a party for 40-50 teens where binge drinking is occurring is a big part of the problem.

Lastly, I do not know why the address of the emergency call is not being made public. If the paper is going to protect that then the paper might as well protect the identity of anyone with kids accused of anything.


Taken4m 7 years, 2 months ago

Sending an adult who provided alcohol to 40 to 50 teens to prison might happen after a trial. In the meantime, the adults at the party must be accountable for their actions at a party for children. Were there 40 to 50 parents present?


kathy foos 7 years, 2 months ago

Terry55 sorry to say that you are just out there,how could someone(probably 21 year old)get by with buying this for a kid they get hurt and the adult that furnished didnt get charged?It happens all the time,maybe you should go to Denver Health Medical and see what that poor teen is going through fighting for her life now,then say that there are more important things that the county has to worry about.There are many incidents that result in death and injury for teens that are supplied with alcohol,and the buyer never gets charged because they cannot charge, for lack of proof. You can save someones child in the future if you charge and charge and charge more people until they know you will actually inforce the law.That party would have worked O.K. without the vodka and the teens need to learn to try it without the monkey business of alcohol,if adults dont interfere with the plan by buying for them, than maybe they can learn.One bad apple spoils the whole party.If they are lucky they go to Denver flight for life,some to the morgue.This is real and will kill your best friend or you,not exactly what they have in mind when they set out,that is why you dont furnish kids with alcohol,if you do just sitting in prison is better than the morgue or brain injury that lasts for life.


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