Monday, March 18, 2013

Sadly, only one arrest for swimming in the river

Posted on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Through Saturday's parade, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police had only arrested 15 people in the St. Patrick's Day festival area. However, a spike on Saturday night ended up bringing the holiday total up to 79 arrests.

Most arrests took place between 4 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday. Police filed 46 charges between 4 a.m. and midnight Saturday and an additional 18 Sunday morning.

Forty-four arrests were processed in the command center overseeing the festivities on River Street and the other 35 were processed in the center at St. Julian and MLK Jr. Boulevard, police say.

Charges included:

Disorderly conduct 33

Public urination 17

Possession of controlled substance 7

Obstruction 6

Public intoxication 2 (!!!!)

Simple assault 2

Dog with 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

Seventy charges were misdemeanors, two were felonies and seven were city ordinance violations.

Sixty-eight suspects were transported to the Chatham County Detention Center, six taken to court and three released on subpoena. Those charged included one juvenile and two were military.

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