MBTA made five arrests on the MBTA during St. Patrick’s Day festivities

via Transit Police.
via Transit Police.

Not surprisingly, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston drew thousands of festivity-loving spectators, and ended in dozens of alcohol-fueled outbursts.

Boston Police said they made 26 arrests for disorderly conduct and ticketed 336 people for public drinking, but parade-goers were apparently more tame on the MBTA.

Transit Police said they only made five arrests, and put two people into protective custody. There were also two separate incidents of assault, and three fare evasions.

“Officers did a very good job at managing the crowds. The vast majority of (transit riders) were orderly,” said Transit Police Superintendent-in-Chief Joseph O’Connor, adding that most of the arrests were due to fights and alcohol consumption.

“Later in afternoon and into the evening some people had a little too much to drink did create disorder in our system,” he said.

The most extreme MBTA crime Sunday happened around 4:30 p.m. at Downtown Crossing Station, where a Lowell man allegedly kicked a woman in the throat because she was too young to go out drinking.

Patrick Kelley, 25, was arrested after Transit Police officers found the woman lying on the ground crying and clutching her neck. She had travelled into Boston with Kelley and a larger group for the holiday festivities, Transit Police said.

He was charged with assault and battery with a shod foot.

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