Two 14-year-old girls were so drunk when they were found in a
Kaitaia street they vomited after being placed in police
cells to the point of almost choking.
An ambulance was called, police fearing that they were
suffering alcohol poisoning, and they were taken to Kaitaia
Hospital for treatment before being released to their parents
The two girls, both from Kaitaia, and a 16-year-old from
Auckland, had reportedly been drinking at the address of a
19-year-old Kaitaia woman after attending a sitting of the
Youth Court earlier in the day.
They were drunk when they arrived at the address, a police
spokesman said, but continued drinking there.
When police found them a little after 2pm, one of the
14-year-olds was having difficulty standing, while the other
was being supported by the older pair.
One of the 14-year-olds was arrested on an historic assault
matter, but when police attempted to take the other
14-year-old home, the older teenagers intervened. Both were
All three younger girls were subsequently released with
pre-charge warnings for disorderly behaviour, while the
19-year-old will appear in the Kaitaia District Court
tomorrow charged with obstructing and assaulting police.
It was not clear yesterday whether inquiries would be made
into who supplied the juveniles with alcohol.
- The Northland Age