Drunk Ferris State student found unconscious in snow

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Video: Drunk Ferris student found unconscious in snow

  • Division St., Big Rapids. (February 15, 2013)
  • Division St., Big Rapids. (February 15, 2013)

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Police say a Ferris State University student found unconscious on a snow bank near campus Friday morning was "dangerously drunk."

Investigators say freshman Nicholas Suttles of Grand Rapids had wandered away from a party at a friend's off-campus apartment

"They were playing drinking games to excess," says Officer Miguel Galley of the Big Rapids Public Safety Department. "Apparently, the individual in the snow bank brought his own alcohol, a schnapps kind of alcohol, and he drank that to excess."

Students walking to class about 7:45 a.m. Friday found Suttles unconscious and not breathing at the bottom of a small bank of snow along Division Street.

"Apparently he was struggling to get out of that depression in the ground and he wasn't able to," says Officer Galley. "Not sure if he passed out or what, but he'd been unconscious for quite a while."

Larry Lintemuth, manager of the laundromat across the street, watched as medics tried to revive the teenager.

"They were doing chest compressions and trying to warm him up," he explains. "There was no response. He was very cold. He didn't have a coat on."

"He did not have a jacket with him," confirms Officer Galley. "Just a t-shirt and pants. No coat or cold weather gear."

Police have issued a citation to at least one other person at the party for being a minor in possession of alcohol. Officers have not determined where Suttles got his bottle of schnapps. They say additional charges are possible, especially if the teenager does not survive.

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