Police: Quiet St. Patrick's Day in downtown Chico

Police: Quiet St. Patrick's Day holiday in downtown Chico

CHICO, Calif. - Chico police said spring break at both Chico State and Butte College had a lot to do with a quiet St. Patrick's Day in the City of Trees.

Police said they made 33 arrests Monday night.

It's the same amount they would typically make on a morning when college students are actually in town this time of the year. Five of those arrests Monday night were DUI's.

Other arrests were for being drunk in public and miscellaneous domestic incidents. Chico police had an extra six officers on staff - and seven other officers from surrounding agencies.

Chico State and Butte College started scheduling spring break the same week of St. Patrick's Day between five and seven years ago to ease the partying in downtown.

"We in years past with St. Patrick's Day had officers in downtown and in the South Campus neighborhood by 5, 5:30 in the morning dealing with the people who were drunk who partied the night before and were standing in line to get in the bars at 6 a.m.," said Chico police lieutenant Mike O'Brien.

O'Brien added the down side is that the Cesar Chavez holiday is now gaining a lot of attention. He said more drinking happens on that holiday because students are back in town.

The Cesar Chavez holiday is two weeks away - and Chico police said they have already asked other law enforcement agencies to help out.

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