Crime

Number of St. Patrick's Day arrests similar to last year's, SLO police say

Marco Aburashed, left, of Mo Tav talks to San Luis Obispo police Officer Russ Griffith outside the bar on St. Patrick's Day in 2010.
Marco Aburashed, left, of Mo Tav talks to San Luis Obispo police Officer Russ Griffith outside the bar on St. Patrick's Day in 2010. jmellom@thetribunenews.com

Compared with previous years, St. Patrick’s Day festivities in San Luis Obispo were relatively mellow, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Between 5 a.m. March 17 and 3 a.m. March 18, the department made 14 total arrests, including eight arrests for public intoxication, one for trespassing, one for illegal lodging and one for an outstanding warrant. There were two arrests for minors in possession of alcohol and another for possessing an open alcohol container in public.

Cpt. Keith Storton said Wednesday that not all of the above people were taken to jail and that some may have been released on scene with an order to appear in court.

Those numbers are similar to — but the crimes less serious than — last year's, when 13 people were arrested: nine for suspected public intoxication, two for assault and two for driving under the influence, according to Tribune archives. Each of those people was taken into custody.

Figures for 2013 were not available Wednesday, but arrests during the holiday seem to be decreasing. In 2012, there were 35 arrests, mostly for alcohol-related offenses, and 27 arrests in 2011.

This year, a much-publicized “St. Fratty’s Day” party held March 7 that resulted in a roof collapsing in a neighborhood near Cal Poly, combined with student final exams this week, may have played a role in a lower number of students celebrating the holiday.

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