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Posted on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 1:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor police report calmer St. Patrick's Day weekend than in 2012

By Kyle Feldscher

Despite one man being sent to the hospital after being stabbed early Sunday morning, Ann Arbor police reported a much calmer St. Patrick’s Day weekend than last year.


Ann Arbor police reported revelers were well-behaved for the most part on St. Patrick's Day weekend.

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Ann Arbor police Detective Lt. Robert Pfannes said police were dispatched for 255 incidents from early Saturday morning until 2 a.m. Monday. That represents a significant decrease from March 17, 2012, when police were sent out on 475 calls for service.

University of Michigan police reported 19 people needed to be taken to the hospital due to their level of intoxication. In addition, there were eight cases of minors in possession of alcohol. Last year, only five people were taken to the hospital for alcohol-related issues, and U-M police issued five MIP citations.

Ann Arbor police Sgt. Elizabeth Patten reported mostly routine calls for service, including a few bar fights, in addition to the stabbing incident in the 200 block of North Main Street. She called the weekend “surprisingly quiet.”

It was a significant departure from the busy day police had on St. Patrick’s Day in 2012.

On March 17, 2012, police fielded 475 calls in one day and had to close the bars on South University Avenue early after the crowd in the area became too rowdy. Approximately 200 people crowded the street and three people were arrested for drunken disorderly conduct.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 9:44 p.m.

boy the Pfannes guy is in the paper a lot, may be posturing for a promotion.....


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 6:17 p.m.

Sat. v. Sun. Cold v. warm ...or maybe everyone is just a little less angry this year. Yep, that's probably it.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 6:10 p.m.

Sure the cooler temps played a role


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 2:08 a.m.

There was at least a 25 degree difference from this year to last year - that made ALL the difference, especially here in Michigan. Last year was fun... this year, I stayed home and studied.

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 6:16 p.m.

I think you're right, Paul. Police were loathe to attribute it directly to that, but it must've been a factor.