Slow St. Patrick's Day For Police

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 03/18 2014 12:37AM

Updated 03/18 2014 12:39AM

STATE COLLEGE - Police in State College weren't sure what to expect this year for St. Patrick’s Day. For the 1st time in a long time, Penn State students are on campus for the holiday, but it was a quiet night.
“Wild. It's St. Paddy’s Day we're an Irish bar it's our big thing and we try to stay on top of our game,” Phyrst Bar Manager Erin Choe says.
The party started early at Phyrst bar in State College, and continued into the night.
But they say it's that way every year, regardless of whether or not students are on campus at Penn State.
“Maybe they have to wait a little longer to get in but not any different really,” Choe says.
“There's times I've worked where the bars have had significant lines at this time in the evening,” Sgt. Mike Angellotti says.
Sgt. Angellotti has been with the State College police department for 15 years, and early on, it was so far so good.
“I think the day of the week being a Monday, the weather isn't that great. It's cold. Activity has been low compared to average years,” Sgt. Angellotti says.
but that doesn't mean they aren't on the lookout as the night continues.
“We're concerned about people wandering into the street. We're certainly concerned about people drinking and driving,” Sgt. Angellotti says.
And while businesses continue to cash in on the holiday, Angellotti says it's ok for people to celebrate, as long as it's done responsibly.
“We hope people are able to have a good time throughout the evening and it remains relatively quiet for us,” Sgt. Angellotti says.
State College Police is ready in case things get busier and while they say they don't target specific bars and restaurants, they do stay pretty close to the downtown area on nights where there's a potential for more problems

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