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SCMPD says St. Patrick's Day coverage a success due to collective law enforcement effort

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SCMPD says St. Patrick's Day coverage a success. (Credit: Robert Catanese)

Savannah’s most celebrated annual event is officially over and officials have released the St. Patrick’s Day arrests data.

Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department says they made 54 arrests this year. That’s 15 more than last year.

Of the 54 arrests, officials said 44 were misdemeanors and 10 were felonies.

Last year, there were 13 arrests that were alcohol-related. This year that number jumped to 23. Of the 23, eight were for underage drinking.

Major Robert Gavin says having a police “presence” made the difference in preventing things from getting out of hand.

“We were aggressive and very open and out there with the public when it came to, 'If you are going to start acting raucous, we were going to remove you,'” said Gavin.

In a press conference Monday, Gavin thanked state, federal, and local law enforcement for the collective effort.

“We had great support from Georgia State Patrol, the Department of Revenue, alcohol tobacco division, Chatham County Sheriff's Office the CNT, Homeland Security and one our local municipalities,” said Gavin.

Major DeVonn Adams, who was also at the press conference, said that the Georgia State Patrol played a major role in DUI enforcement.

“Georgia State Patrol gave us over 100 troopers for manpower. Troopers netted 854 traffic stops, issued 611 citations and they arrested 60 people for DUI,” said Adams.

SCMPD’s HEAT Unit (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) also netted 12 DUI arrests within the festival zone.

The Counter Narcotics Team with SCMPD officers netted 11 drug arrests.

Here is a comparative arrest record from 2016 to 2017 from SCMPD.

CHARGES:

2016 - 2017

  • Affray 3 - 0
  • Battery 1 - 0
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon 0 -1
  • Criminal Attempt to Sell Crack 0 - 1
  • Criminal Trespass 0 - 3
  • Disorderly Conduct 9 - 6
  • DUI 1 - 3
  • False Statements 0 - 1
  • Fleeing to Elude 1 - 1
  • Following too close 0 - 1
  • No license 1 - 0
  • Open Container 0 - 1
  • Obstruction 5 - 0
  • Possession of Controlled Substance 3 - 3
  • Possession of Fake ID 1 - 1
  • Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon 1 - 1
  • Possession of Marijuana 5 - 5
  • Possession of a Pistol by a Minor 1 - 0
  • Public Drunkenness/Public Intoxication 1 - 5
  • Public Indecency 0 - 1
  • Reckless Conduct 1 - 1
  • Sale of Cocaine 0 - 3
  • Selling Alcohol without a License 1 - 0
  • Simple Battery 0 - 2
  • Simple Battery DVA 0 - 1
  • Swimming in the Savannah River 1 - 3
  • Theft by Taking 1 - 0
  • Theft Lost Mislaid Property 0 - 1
  • Underage Drinking 1 - 8
  • Urinating in Public 1 - 1

TOTALS:

2016 - 39

2017 - 54

The Chatham County Sheriff’s office made 68 arrests and booked 411 people from Thursday through Sunday. They also compiled a total of local municipality arrests.

Bloomingdale and Garden City P.D. both had eight arrests. Pooler P.D. had 17, Port Wentworth had 105, Tybee had 11 and Thunderbolt had three.