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* Orinda Teenager Joseph Loudon, 16, Found To Have Died On His Own Vomit In May 2009

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Toxicology test results released today found that an Orinda teenager who died at a party in May choked on his own vomit after drinking alcohol and ingesting a pharmaceutical drug, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s office.Joseph Loudon, 16, died on May 23 after paramedics found him unresponsive at a home in the 100 block of Hillcrest Drive in Orinda.A large party had been held at the house, sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said.Loudon was taken to Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Toxicology tests found alcohol and the pharmaceutical drug papaverine in Loudon’s system, although his blood-alcohol level was very low, Lee said.Orinda police later arrested 18-year-old Patrick Gabriella on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and furnishing alcohol to a person under 21 years old. A 16-year-old boy was also arrested for allegedly furnishing alcohol to a minor.During the investigation, police discovered that several students at Miramonte High School, which Loudon attended, had fake ID cards. Investigators were told that 22-year-old Rohnert Park resident Robert Scott had provided the teenagers with the forged driver’s licenses.When police went to arrest Scott, they allegedly found about 100 fake licenses in his home, police said.Scott was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of forgery and identity theft, both felonies, according to police.

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