Drunk Teens 911 Call

By: Laurie Ott
By: Laurie Ott

It was a night of reported underage drinking at a Martinez home.

But now we're getting a glimpse of the panic when an unconscious 16-year-old girl needed an ambulance.

Wednesday night, in a News 12 exclusive, we aired excerpts of the 911 tape from the Barrington home of Terri and Duncan Fordham.

It was the early morning hours of February 5th, just after midnight, when Terri Fordham, the owner of the home at 3523 Granite Way in the Barrington neighborhood, called 911 to ask for help.

Dispatch: "Columbia County 9-1-1, what's your emergency?"
Terri Fordham: "I've got a girl that's in my home and I was not aware of it and her eyes, she just, I don't know if she's been drinking or what she's on."
"I'd ask that y'all please don't turn the sirens on for my neighborhood purposes."
But I need somebody to come check her out."
I don't even know her parents' names or anything."
D: "OK, do you know who she is?"
F: "Get a shirt on that girl!"
D: "Do you know who she is?"
F: "All I know is her name is ____."
Seconds later on the 911 tape, Mrs. Fordham can be heard talking to people in her home...while the dispatcher tries to get more information about the girl. Officers later said in their report that she was lying on the kitchen floor of the residence, unconscious and unresponsive with stable vital signs, and she had vomited multiple times.

D: "How old is she?"
F: "This is not okay, I'm calling an ambulance for her. Y'all not gonna do this crap in my house. No, I don't know what's wrong with her, but I'm not gonna have anybody die in my house."

And less than a minute later in the 911 recording, Mrs. Fordham tells the ambulance dispatcher this:

D: "And she's been drinking?"
F: "I don't know if she has. I don't know. I didn't even know she was in my house."
And finally--at the end of the call--the same request about sirens from Mrs. Fordham.

AD: "OK ma'am, we'll be on the way there."
F: "Please no sirens. My neighbors, oh my God."
D: "I'll let them know, no sirens."
F: “Thank you.”
D: “You're welcome.”
Both the 16-year-old girl mentioned in that 911 tape and a 17-year-old boy who officers say had been at the same home that night have been charged with possession of alcohol by a minor.

That happened after News 12 began investigating the underage drinking.

The Columbia County sheriff's office interviewed another teenager Wednesday, and they say their investigation is not over yet, and that more charges could be coming.


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