BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - An 18-year-old Ferris State University student is in critical condition after being found in a snowbank in the 800 block of Division Avenue.
Shortly before 8 a.m. Friday, Big Rapids emergency personnel had a report of a dead man in that area. But when they arrived, they found Nicholas Suttles was alive but extremely hypothermic with an irregular heartbeat, authorities said in a news release.
"When I looked at the young man he was blue, he was cold to the touch, he had no vital signs," Big Rapids Public Safety Officer Jim Eddinger told 24 Hour News 8.
Authorities believe he'd been in the snow bank without a coat on since about 3 a.m.
"We discovered a hat where he had fallen down. But no, he didn't have any coat. Just a t-shirt," Eddinger said.
Witnesses told 24 Hour News 8 paramedics worked on him for 15-20 minutes before he was rushed to Mecosta County Medical Center for immediate treatment. Later he was flown to Grand Rapids for more treatment.
Investigators believe Suttles brought his own alcohol to a party and drank a large amount. His intoxication coupled with not wearing a coat when he left the party on foot contributed to his medical condition.
Suttles last known address was on Burton Street in Grand Rapids. Previously he lived in Walled Lake.
A number of people are likely to receive tickets for allowing a minor to drink under the Nuisance Party Ordinace, authorities said.
Friends of Suttles tell 24 Hour News 8 his body temperature was 70 degrees when he was found in the snowbank. He was undergoing surgery at a Grand Rapids hospital Friday evening.
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