Local police out in full force during St. Patrick’s Day

Youngstown Police Lt. Frank Rutherford said they were prepared for chaos

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Law enforcement across the Valley have had their hands full this St. Patrick’s Day.

With festivities starting as early as 5:30 a.m., several departments brought in more employees to monitor for drunk drivers throughout the day.

Downtown Youngstown not only had St. Patrick’s Day festivities at its bars and restaurants, but also had the Carrie Underwood concert at the Covelli Centre.

Youngstown Police Lt. Frank Rutherford said they were prepared for chaos.

“We were out in front of it. We had extra people downtown, and we have extra patrols out on the road, so probably people see the cars,” he said.

Despite all of the events, Youngstown Police didn’t report any major problems on Thursday night.

“Over the years, there’s been so much talk about OVI patrols that I think people know to have a designated driver,” Rutherford said.

Ohio State Highway Patrol in Trumbull County brought in about five more employees Thursday, especially in the more populated towns like Niles and Howland.

“We’re going to saturate the heavily-traveled areas and make sure that we have a presence out there,” said Sgt. Philip Robinson.

Local law enforcement is also urging drivers to notify them of any potential drunk drivers. You can do so by dialing #677 or 911.

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