By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing
EAST LANSING – Thirty-two arrests were made on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day and 27 of those arrests were related to alcohol offenses.
Two East Lansing Police officers were injured while performing arrests, but they did not need hospitalization.
The East Lansing Fire Department made 36 Emergency Medical Service runs. Of the 36 hospital runs, 19 were related to alcohol and two were related to assault.
Detective Lieutenant Scott Wriggelsworth of the East Lansing Police Department said this day was pretty typical day for St. Patrick’s Day.
“We equate this holiday to a 3:30 kick off game for the Michigan State Spartans,” said Wriggelsworth. “The day pretty much gets rowdy around 7 a.m.”
Nikhil Kulkarni, an employee at Landshark Bar and Grill, located at 101 east Grand River, said many of the bars, including Landshark, opened early on St. Patrick’s Day.
“It was much busier than a normal day,” said Kulkarni, “and we were expecting it so it wasn’t that much of a surprise.”
Stephanie Teasdale, an employee at Dublin Square located at 327 Abbott Road said they opened at 7 a.m. but people started lining up to enter at 5 a.m.
“A lot of bars opened early,” said Teasdale. “We always open early for this day because we are a fan favorite around town.”
Kulkarni said this St. Patrick’s Day was rowdier than any year he’s seen before.
“I think this day was a record breaking,” Kulkarni said.
In 2015, the East Lansing Police Department made 25 arrests and two were for drunk driving. This year, five of the 32 arrests were made for operating while intoxicated. No accidents were made, but reckless driving was obvious, said Wriggelsworth.
“We had more officers on duty than an average day,” said Wriggelsworth. “Some were in uniform and some were on the streets, dressed in normal clothing to be undercover.”
Wriggelsworth was unsure of the exact ratio between the undercover cops and the uniformed cops.
“The information all comes in the same way,” he said, “but they did arrest a couple people around town.”
Wriggelsworth said that most of the commotion was surrounded around campus at Michigan State University and around Grand River.
“As far as students go, East Lansing gets very rowdy around campus and involvement is mostly students at the university,” he said.
Teasdale said she thinks St. Patrick’s Day was so busy because of the college and East Lansing being a college town.
“I don’t think places like Farmington Hills would be this busy,” she said. “If you compare, we obviously have more going on because we’re so close to a university.”
The East Lansing Police Department knows what to expect for St. Patrick’s Day, said Wriggelsworth.
“We’re never unprepared for what the day brings,” said Wriggelsworth.