HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A total of 15 people were arrested Sunday, and 35 people were hospitalized including two police officers, during Hoboken’s annual St Patrick’s Day pub crawl.
Police said the officers were run over by a man trying to flee the scene of a fight.
Hoboken police responded to 432 calls from service from 8 a.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday during the event. A total of 54 tickets were issued, mostly for public drinking, and some for public urination, disorderly house parties, and disorderly conduct, police said.
Two Hoboken police officers were injured at the event. This year, Hoboken police were joined by outside agencies in maintaining control, including Union City, North Bergen and Westfield police officers, NJ TRANSIT police, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police, and the Hudson County Rapid Deployment Force.
The number of hospitalizations and tickets issued were down from last year, but the arrest total was up.
The last arrest on Sunday happened when Christopher Smallwood, 24, of Warminster, Pennsylvania, surrendered to police on aggravated assault charges, police said. He was allegedly involved in a fight at a McDonald’s at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, and while fleeing from the fight, he allegedly ran over two officers.
Sgt. Steve Aguiar suffered a dislocated shoulder, while Detective Christine Collins suffered a dislocated shoulder, police said.
Smallwood, a former college football running back at Delaware Valley, evaded arrest until he turned himself in shortly before noon Sunday, police said. Aguiar and Collins were treated and released from Hoboken University Medical Center and were out of work on injured status as of Sunday, police said.
LepreCon is an annual St. Patrick’s tradition in Hoboken where people go bar hopping, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.
“Living life, young kids getting drunk, St. Patty’s Day, that’s Hoboken,” Sharon told 1010 WINS.
Trash cans were overflowing with empty beer bottles on Sunday.
“Definitely gets a little out of hand, probably,” Katie told 1010 WINS. “But can’t say I haven’t partaken in that activity in years past.”