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Police arrest 8 during St. Patrick’s Day parade

244 drinking citations issued

Police issued 244 citations for drinking in public and arrested eight people during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston Sunday, the department said Monday.

At last year’s parade, police arrested 11 people and issued 363 citations, most for public drinking.

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Police described some of the incidents that led to Sunday’s arrests:

About 2:30 p.m., officers saw a group of people step onto the parade route near East 4th and O streets. When police asked the group to step back onto the sidewalk, one man refused.

“The last male in the group walked up to the officer, told him to shut up, chest bumped the officer, and then told the officer to ‘get . . . out of my way,’ ’’ according to a police statement.

The man, 20, from Billerica, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

A short while later, officers near West 8th and Dorchester streets asked a man to pour out the bottle of beer from which he was drinking. Police said the 41-year-old Stoneham man instead chose to chug the rest of the brew, prompting officers to issue him a citation for drinking in public.

“As officers were writing the citation, the suspect, with the empty beer bottle still in his hand, began to wave it around the officer’s head,’’ the police statement said. “After the bottle was confiscated, the suspect began screaming profanities at the officers.’’

The Stoneham man was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace, as well.

On Jenkins Street about 4:40 p.m., officers responded to a call about a person hit in the head by a bottle. The victim had a gash on his head and told officers he was in a fight and that the person he was fighting broke the bottle on his head, the statement said.

The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. Officers located and arrested Brendan Pembroke, 23, of Boston and charged him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, police said.

Also, on Monday, a 24-year-old man remained in critical condition after falling from a third-story roof on G Street during the parade, police said.

Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com.
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