Nanaimo behaves on St. Patrick's Day

By Spencer Sterritt
March 20, 2017 - 4:05pm Updated: March 20, 2017 - 6:02pm

Nanaimo RCMP say they're happy with the relatively low number of people they arrested on St.Patrick's Day.File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — The green beer flowed and crowds got rowdy, but overall Nanaimo RCMP say partiers stayed out of trouble.

According to Cst. Gary O'Brien, 21 were arrested for public intoxication, rowdiness or public urination. Three were arrested and charged with drunk driving.

He said the numbers were high compared to a normal Friday but not surprising.

“The bars were absolutely packed throughout the day and even into Saturday. When you're talking well over 1,000 people in various licensed establishments and only 21 being arrested, that's a very low number.”

To anticipate the day, O'Brien said they had more officers on the road than normal.

-with files from Ian Holmes


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