An officer on foot patrol noticed a large, disorderly group of men at the Bull Street ramp on River Street during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
The men were harassing people who passed by them, and at one point, three of them ran into a crowd to try to catch another man. At one point, the officer heard one of them say, "I thought we were going to get to punch someone."
The officer was informed by a colleague that the group of men was trying to pick fights with passersby. Backup was called, and the officers began to approach the group.
One ordered the group to leave the area, and most complied. However, one, a juvenile, began to walk in the opposite direction, and when the officer again told him to leave the area, began to argue.
At that point, the officer tried to arrest the suspect, but the suspect refused to allow the officer to put him into handcuffs. The suspect was told several times to "give me your hands, stop resisting," but he continued to struggle with officers.
One of the officers gave the suspect four or five knee strikes in an attempt to bring him down, but he continued to fight. He was then struck three times in the ribs, but continued to struggle.
After being sprayed with pepper spray, officers were able to grab the suspect’s right arm and he was arrested and cuffed. He was charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction by resisting and violation of curfew, then treated for his injuries at the scene by Medstar.
Officers tried to reach his mother, father and stepfather, but were unsuccessful, so the suspect was taken to a youth detention center.Two other men in the group were arrested a short time later after they also refused to leave the area.
-- Police charged a woman with DUI after she ran her car into police equipment -- a light box located on St. Julian at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
At the scene, the driver was staggering and spitting on the street near her car. She was asked if she was injured or wanted to go to the hospital, and she said no.
The woman said she was on her way to River Street. She said she didn’t know she couldn’t drive down River Street because she isn’t from Savannah.
Officers noted that she reeked of alcohol, her eyes were red and glassy and she was very talkative. The woman wandered around staggering and spitting after being told several times to be still, and had to lean on an officer several times for support.
After submitting to a breathalyzer test, the woman was arrested and charged with failure to maintain lanes and DUI. She was taken to jail without incident.
-- A man was seen urinating on a wall at the Drayton Street ramp by an officer on foot patrol.
Two officers approached the man and told him to come with them. He refused and tried to walk in the opposite direction.
The man was told two more times to stop, but he ignored the officers and continued to walk away. The officers finally had to chase after the suspect, who was placed under arrest for public indecency and obstruction.
The suspect was visibly intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol. When officers learned he was just 20 years old, he also was charged with underage drinking.
-- A Florida man was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after he punched out the side window of a taxi West Bryan Street. Police were called, but the man continued to be unreasonable and disorderly. He smelled strongly of alcohol and his gate was unsteady.
The man’s friend paid the taxi driver for the broken window. He was arrested and taken to the Chatham County Detention Center.
-- Three men were seen throwing punches at each other on East River Street. Two officers ran towards them to break up the fight, and a fourth man helped them corral the suspects.
One of the men told police he was "attacked by five guys" but didn’t know anything else. All three smelled strongly of alcohol, and all were arrested for affray and taken to jail.
-- A Bluffton, S.C. man was arrested after restaurant employees told police he was refusing to pay his $65.88 bar tab. He repeatedly told police he refused "to pay the crack whore’s tab," but was charged with theft of services and taken to jail, anyway.