UNION TOWNSHIP | A 12-year-old girl was hospitalized and a 19-year-old man arrested following an apparent underage drinking party Thursday morning.
Porter County sheriff's police were called to a home in the 400 block of County Road 400 North at 1:30 a.m. on a report of a 12-year-old girl who had overindulged on alcohol.
When police arrived, the girl was lying on a bed and not responding appropriately. Her mother was at the residence and told police her daughter had been picked up by a 17-year-old family friend and Trevor Owen, 19, of 359-C Salt Creek Parkway, Union Township, about 9 p.m. to go to the home to go swimming.
The mother told police that while the 17-year-old boy's parents were out of town, she was told the boy's grandmother was staying at the home.
When the young girl didn't come home by curfew, the mother went to the house and found her daughter passed out on a bed.
Owen denied drinking, but told police the girl and the 17-year-old had been drinking. The 17-year-old was given a portable breath test, which registered a .092 blood alcohol level. He was transported to Porter Regional Hospital.
Owen was also given a portable breath test and registered a .072 blood alcohol level. He was charged with minor consumption of alcohol and transported to Porter County Jail.
A blood alcohol level on the 12-year-old girl was unavailable. She was described in the police report as being "very intoxicated."
She was transported to Porter Regional Hospital. Her condition is not known.
Police also found marijuana in the residence.
Police forwarded their reports to Porter County Juvenile Probation for possible charges of minor consumption of alcohol for both the 12-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy. The boy may also face charges of possession of marijuana.