2011-03-03 / Local & State

Police Stay Busy For Penn St. Student ‘Holiday’

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Police report they had a busy weekend after a bevy of out-oftown visitors joined many Penn State students in State College for “State Patty’s Day.’’

It’s the unofficial holiday created by students five years ago when St. Patrick’s Day fell on spring break.

But St. Patrick’s Day no longer falls on the break, and police, university and community leaders say the weekend has turned into an excuse for excessive drinking and destructive behavior.

The Centre Daily Times reported Monday that police responded to about 300 calls over the weekend, including disorderly conduct and drunk driving. A more detailed count was expected later Monday.

Police responded to 365 calls during the same weekend last year. Police say while it wasn’t the worst State Patty’s Day, it may have been the busiest.

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