By Kevin Coughlin
Saturday’s bitter cold kept down the crowds at the Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade, and it appears to have had a chilling effect on post-parade shenanigans as well.
Morristown police reported a total of 11 arrests and 13 summonses between 7 am on Saturday and 3 am on Sunday, March 12, 2017, traditionally one of the town’s biggest bar weekends.
The arrests break down like this:
- Driving while intoxicated – 1
- Disorderly conduct – 2
- Simple assault – 6
- Criminal damage – 1
- Disorderly conduct, resisting arrest – 1
Ordinance violations went this way:
- Drinking in public – 9
- Urinating in public – 3
- Littering – 1
By comparison, 20 people were arrested last year, 59 tickets were issued, 14 people were hospitalized, and eight motor vehicle crashed.
There were 16 arrests, 30 tickets and six crashes over the same period in 2015.
In 2014, police arrested 29 persons and issued 34 tickets, 27 people were transported to hospitals, and eight crashes occurred.
Police-wise, the busiest parade day in recent times was 2011. Officers wrote 135 tickets, including 88 for drinking in public and 46 for public urination.
The parade itself is an alcohol-free, family friendly event. Parade organizers donate money every year toward police coverage.