SLO sees fewer St. Patrick's Day-related arrests

mfountain@thetribunenews.comMarch 18, 2014 

It could have been the number of officers on the street, the doubled fines for alcohol offenses or the fact that it fell so early in the workweek, but the usually rowdy St. Patrick’s Day holiday resulted in fewer arrests than in previous years.

According to San Luis Obispo police Capt. Chris Staley, on Monday there were 13 arrests in the city related to St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Those include nine people arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, two for assault and two for driving under the influence. A few more arrests were made for various charges not related to the holiday, Staley said.

Arrest figures for St. Patrick’s Day 2013 were not available Tuesday afternoon, but this year’s numbers pale in comparison to 2012 when there were 35 arrests — a vast majority for alcohol-related offenses — and 2011, when there were 27 arrests.

Between 12 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday, police also enforced a city-wide “safety enhancement zone” where fines doubled to a maximum of $1,000 for alcohol-related offenses such as possession of alcohol, noise violations, hosting an alcohol gathering with minors, possession of a deadly weapon and public urination.

According to Staley, citations will be processed by the department’s records division and totals will be available in the coming weeks.

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