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St. Patrick's Day revelers arrested.

Byline: Rebecca Nolan The Register-Guard

St. Patrick may have chased the snakes from Ireland, but he didn't do much to help local law enforcement this weekend.

Some in Lane County treated St. Patrick's Day as an occasion to get drunk and cause trouble.

Between Saturday night and Sunday morning, Eugene police wrote at least 36 citations for people accused of underage drinking, prohibited nudity, urinating in public, making loud noise and carrying open containers of alcohol, police spokeswoman Melinda Kletzok said.

Officers also arrested six people, including a 24-year-old from Springfield who allegedly pulled a gun on bouncers trying to expel him from John Henry's bar at 77 W. Broadway in downtown Eugene early Sunday, police said.

Benjamin Bradley Straton was caught a few blocks away. He was being held in the Lane County Jail on three counts of menacing, as well as reckless endangerment and unlawful use of a firearm.

In Springfield, a man fleeing from police crashed his car into another vehicle about 1 a.m. Sunday, injuring the other driver.

An officer stopped the car on Main Street near 10th Street and walked up to the driver, who looked at him before speeding away, police said. The car, which carried two passengers, reached 60 mph before running a red light at Main Street and Pioneer Parkway East, where it slammed into a Ford Explorer. The impact knocked the Ford onto its side and injured driver Vance Eugene Satchell, 32.

Beer bottles inside the fleeing car shattered, and beer flooded the interior and pooled under the car, police said. Officers arrested the driver, Tyler Allan Boston, 18, of Eugene on various charges, including failure to perform the duties of a driver in an injury accident, second-degree kidnapping, attempting to elude police, drunken driving and more. He remained in the Lane County Jail later Sunday. His two passengers were interviewed and released.

Satchell was taken to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Meanwhile, Oregon State Police arrested 40 drunk drivers throughout the state between 6 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday, 10 fewer than last year. Five of this year's arrests were made by troopers based in Springfield.
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Title Annotation:Crime; Officers charge dozens throughout the area during the weekend
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 19, 2007
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