Police arrest 2, issue several citations during St. Patrick’s Day celebration at UD


UPDATED @ 9:35 p.m.: University of Dayton officials said "students for the most part celebrated responsibly and obeyed police orders" during St. Patrick's Day on campus this year, according to a statement issued Monday afternoon.

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Two arrests were made -- including one non-student on a charge of underage alcohol consumption and a UD student on a charge of disorderly conduct.

According to a Dayton police incident report, a 21-year-old woman was taken to jail on a disorderly conduct charge and not given a summons because police said they feared she would go right back to the 400 block of Lowes Street and continue inciting students to riot and defying police orders to disperse.

The woman “repeatedly refused to leave and told the UDPD officers that she was waiting on her friend who was using the bathroom in the house,” Dayton Officer John Garrison wrote in the incident report made available Monday.

The woman, who refused to leave when her friend rejoined her, “was encouraging the crowd to chant toward the police and she repeated her loud statements that the police could not tell them to leave,” Officer Garrison wrote. She “was cursing as she led other students to defy the orders UDPD had given to disperse.”

Garrison said when the woman refused to get out of the middle of the street, where she was shaking a cow bell and yelling, he and two other officers put her on the ground, put her in handcuffs and took her to jail.

“We (he and the other officers who took the woman into custody) decided incarceration was the best course of action due to (her) disregarding several warnings to disperse .... We feared she would return to the crowd and attempt to incite them into a riot if we issued her a citation or a summons to appear,” the officer wrote in his report.

Nine people were charged with minor misdemeanors. Those misdemeanors included four noise citations.

Six students were referred for university disciplinary action.

Two UD students and two non-students were removed by ambulance for excessive alcohol consumption. There was no information given Monday afternoon on their conditions.

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UD Chief of Police Rodney Chatman, who also is executive director of public safety, said he was pleased an event like this happened with few instances where police intervention was necessary.

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