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Police say 2013 St. Patrick's Day crowds well-behaved

SCMPD's Public Information Administrator Julian Miller SCMPD's Public Information Administrator Julian Miller

Hundreds of thousands of people from across the world poured through the Savannah Historic District for the biggest celebration of the year.

Now that St. Patrick's Day festivities are over, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police have released the total number of arrests for the weekend.

Even though the number of arrests more than doubled this year compared to last, SCMPD spokesman Julian Miller said his department are pleased with everyone's behavior over the weekend. He told WTOC there were no serious crimes or events inside the festival zone. He called the parade uneventful for police, and the majority of arrests were made for disorderly conduct.

Last year, 31 total arrests were made. This year, police made 79 arrests. Police made a whopping 50 arrests for disorderly conduct and public urination, while last year that number was only 14.

"Most of them were disorderly conduct. We do take offense when someone uses the bathroom on our shrubberies, or our buildings, and our cars, and that was the second highest number of arrests," Miller said. "By and large, it was a pretty peaceful group. We had an awful lot of people in town. It was helpful that we spread out the festival. It was a little bit harder to control because it took more manpower."

Here is a full list of arrests made:

Charges included:

  • Disorderly conduct 33
  • Public urination 17
  • Possession of controlled substance 7
  • Obstruction 6
  • Public intoxication 2
  • Simple assault  2
  • Dog – no shots 1
  • Open container 1
  • Swimming in river 1
  • DUI 1
  • Providing false name 1
  • Underage drinking 1
  • Criminal damage second degree 1
  • Public indecency 1
  • Battery (domestic violence act) 1
  • Carrying a concealed weapon 1
  • Criminal trespass 1
  • Theft of services 1

For last year's arrests, click here.

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