Authorities were busy this weekend in Morristown, where the annual Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade, mild weather and extended bar hours drew thousands of people.
Between 7 am on March 15 and 4 am on March 16, 2014, police issued 34 tickets and arrested 29 persons. Some 27 people were transported to hospitals, and there were eight motor vehicle crashes, Detective Lt. Stuart Greer of the Morristown Police reported on Monday.
Of those arrested, 11 were charged with disorderly conduct and nine were charged with defiant trespassing. Two persons were charged with drunk driving. There was one arrest for aggravated assault and one for simple assault.
Ambulance crews answered 36 calls. They treated 21 people for intoxication; five more were fall victims and there was one broken nose and one facial laceration.
The tickets for local ordinance violations included 19 for drinking in public/open containers and 15 for urinating in public.
How does all this compare with last year?
Only five arrests were reported in 2013. But 33 persons were charged with public urination that year. So maybe word is trickling out that it will cost you $500 to get caught with your pants down in Morristown.
Over all, things may be improving. In 2011, police reported issuing 135 summonses, including 88 for public drinking and 46 for public urination.
Morristown Emergency Medical Services were assisted this weekend by:
Cedar Knolls E.M.S.
East Hanover E.M.S.
Madison E.M.S. Bike Team
Mendham Borough E.M.S.
Mendham Township E.M.S.
Morris County Office of Emergency Management
New Vernon E.M.S.
Randolph Township E.M.S.