Butte: DUI arrests up, misdemeanors down on St. Patrick's Day

2013-03-19T10:00:00Z 2013-03-19T10:02:20Z Butte: DUI arrests up, misdemeanors down on St. Patrick's DayThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 19, 2013 10:00 am  • 

BUTTE — Police say drunken-driving arrests more than tripled in Butte over the St. Patrick's Day weekend compared to last year.

But the number of arrests for disorderly conduct and other misdemeanors was slightly down in the city known for its rowdy St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

Butte-Silver Bow County Sheriff Ed Lester says police made 17 DUI arrests between late Friday and early Monday. That's compared to just five in 2012 and 10 in 2011.

Fifty-two people were arrested this year for various misdemeanor offenses such as disorderly conduct and assault. This was down by a handful of arrests from last year.

Lester credits the cold, windy weather with calming things down this year.

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