Fake Patty's Day arrests, citations soar over last year

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) — After a big drop in the number of citations issued during Fake Patty's Day last year, that total spiked again in 2018.

While the holiday might be fake, the consequences of poor choices are still very real.

According to the Riley Co. Police Dept., officers responded to nearly 300 calls, and ended up handing out just under 500 citations this year. Forty-seven people were arrest, including 13 for DUIs. That's more than twice as many as last year (5), but still way down on 2016 (23).

Ten people were arrested for disorderly conduct. Seven were booked for unlawful possession of alcohol by a minor, and two more were taken in for possession of marijuana.

There were two violent crimes reported, RCPD said.

Open container violations (208) far and away topped the list of 494 citations issued during the celebration, which lasted from 7 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday. 156 parking violations were issued. Fifty-four got cited for possession of alcohol by a minor and 33 minors got caught trying to get alcohol.

Oh, and RCPD pointed out 13 people were tagged for public urination.

While many of these numbers were up on the year before, Mother Nature played a big part in that. A cold and snowy weekend last year kept people huddled indoors.

Riley Co. officers were out in full force for what could be called the biggest college party in the state, but they weren't the only ones. RCPD thanked multiple agencies, including the Emporia Police Dept., Lawrence Police Dept., Junction City Police Dept., Pottawatomie Co. Sheriff's Office, Lyon Co. Sheriff's Office, KHP, and the KBI