NASHVILLE, TN — It’s a rare beast when St. Patrick’s Day falls, not only on a weekend, but on the glorious first weekend of March Madness. That’s a combination on its own likely to send people to watering holes, but add in that Nashville was, in fact, hosting NCAA Tournament games on the days before and after the annual green-clad boozefest, and the city saw more than its usual ration of the overserved, some of whom engaged in often-embarrassing encounters with the Music City’s Finest.
Here’s a rundown of some of the more interesting booze-related arrests from the weekend of March 16 through 18. Names have been removed to protect the hungover.
Metro Police, responding to complaints that a group of people were climbing the arches on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, found a 30-year-old Antioch parkour enthusiast in the Cumberland River Saturday evening. "A citizen with a boat" brought the man ashore where officers said they observed him to be "slightly intoxicated." According to an arrest report, "multiple witnesses/tourists" (no idea why MNPD made that particular distinction) said the man jumped from the bridge into the river. "The defendant had no legitimate reason to go into the river as it is known to be dangerous," an officer wrote. The man is charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.First rule of driving in western Davidson County? Don’t speed in the Meade. Important corollary: especially if you are significantly above the legal limit. Early Sunday morning, a Belle Meade Police officer called Metro to say he’d clocked a car doing 80 mph near the 70/100 split heading east. Luckily (or unluckily), the speeding truck passed Belle Meade City Hall just as MNPD arrived. The Metro officer caught the truck on radar at 63 mph, according to an arrest report. The 22-year-old Murfreesboro man behind the wheel blew a .104 on the breathalyzer and was booked for DUI.Well, he drove down from Kokomo, got drunk, got in a fight, had a gun, spent a night in the Nashville jail. It sounds like the plot line to an old country song, old enough it wouldn’t be likely be played at Lower Broadway’s Honky Tonk Central. It was, however, (allegedly) reality at Honky Tonk Central early Sunday morning. Metro Police were called to the watering hole by security to assist with a 21-year-old native of the Indiana city best known for sharing its name with a fictional Caribbean island in a Beach Boys song who was a bit rowdy after a fight near the first-floor bar. The bouncer told the officers he found a loaded Glock on the Indiana man. "The defendant told officers that he did carry the handgun into the bar, that he did drink inside of the bar, and that he did engage in a fight," according to an affidavit. Police did charge him with carrying a firearm in a bar and public intoxication.Some people get drunk and call their exes. Some people, such as one 24-year-old Nashville man Saturday night, call 911 four times. At 8:30 p.m., Metro officers returned to Famous Saloon on Second Avenue to speak to the man with whom they’d already spoken an hour before, when he wanted to file an assault report. "Officers were advised by dispatch that the defendant called 911 three times after already previously filing a report," according to an affidavit. MNPD said the man had all the indicators of intoxication – bloodshot eyes, stumbling, repeated calls to 911 – during both encounters and that they even tried to cut him a break the first time around. "At the end of the initial interaction, officers advised the subject to call a ride and go home," they wrote. The man, apparently, did not, so he got a ride to jail, charged with public intoxication and making a non-emergency 911 call.Of course, police in the aforementioned were relying on their 911 obsessive knowing where his home was, which isn’t always a given. For instance, one 39-year-old Nashville woman was allegedly off by roughly 52 feet early Saturday morning. Police responded to a potential burglary at 4:30 a.m. at an apartment complex on Millwood Drive Saturday, where a man said a woman in a pink shirt and blue jeans had broken his bedroom window and entered his apartment. Perhaps realizing her error, she said she’d leave, then walked through the apartment and out the front door. Officers said while they were talking to the apartment’s residents, the pink-shirt-wearing window-breaker knocked on apartment’s back door and said "I thought I was going to my apartment," "I don’t know where I am and I need to get into my apartment," and "I walked to that apartment and thought it was mine." In fact, according to her driver’s license, her apartment was next door. She is charged with vandalism, aggravated criminal trespass and public intoxication. When officers told her the charges, she asked "Even though it was an accident?". Indeed.
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