Drunken teen spits on and punches nurse at Porter hospital
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent July 31, 2012 1:40PM
Updated: July 31, 2012 8:30PM
VALPARAISO — A drunken teenage girl, found unconscious along the side of a road, turned combative at Porter hospital Sunday afternoon.
The 15-year-old allegedly punched and spit on a Valparaiso emergency room nurse and kicked a security guard in the face. Later, police said, the teen became apologetic and said she had no memory of what she had been told she did.
An 87-year-old resident of Liberty Farm Mobile Home Park, along U.S. 6, found the teen at about 2:30 p.m. at the side of a road within the trailer park. She flagged down passersby, who called 911. After medics transported the female to the hospital, a Chesterton woman approached police at the scene, saying she believed the patient was her daughter, who was supposed to be babysitting with her 13-year-old sister at a nearby trailer. The teen reportedly drank four glasses of Jaegermister, which she took from the freezer, and walked out after an argument.
Meanwhile, the errant babysitter had woken at the hospital and was restrained for spitting on a nurse and kicking and screaming at staff, who determined her blood-alcohol level was 0.28 percent, police said. After the teen was treated by a doctor, hospital staff were removing the restraints when the girl punched the same emergency room nurse and kicked a security guard in the face.
When she was transported to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center several hours later, police said the teen was cooperative and admitted drinking because she “was bored and wanted to get hyper.” She is charged with battery by bodily fluid, a felony; and misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct and underage drinking.