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On St. Paddy's Day, Police Catch People with Downtown Statue, Bags of Ice, Car in Mud

Here's a roundup of police activity in downtown Rochester on the biggest bar day of the year.

A couple caught carrying a Native American statue around downtown Rochester on Sunday afternoon was arrested after a foot chase down Main Street ended in a fight with police and a bar security guard.

The incident happened at 4:12 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day. 

According to Rochester Police, an officer patrolling downtown noticed two people carrying the statue near the intersection of Main and Third streets; it had been taken from the front of a business in the 300 block of Main Street. 

When confronted, the couple dropped the statue and ran, according to a police report. The officer caught up with them in front of Main Street Billiards on Main Street; a member of the bar's security staff helped the officer detain the man and woman, and the man began fighting with the officer and the security guard.

Both the man, 21, and the woman, 23, were from Rochester Hills; they were both arrested on charges of disorderly conduct; the man was also arrested on a charge of resisting arrest.

The Native American statue was returned to its home.

Other St. Patrick's Day activity

  • Officers responded to O'Connor's Public House at 11:38 p.m. to investigate the theft of ice bags. Three men were questioned; one man, a 21-year-old from New Jersey, told officers he was "acting like an idiot;" he returned eight bags of ice to the ice machine. There were no arrests.
  • A 23-year-old Rochester resident was arrested for operating under the influence after he drove his car off the road and onto the property at his apartment building in the 500 block of Great Oaks. The man was found by officers at 11:05 p.m. rocking the car, trying to get it unstuck from the mud. 
  • Officers responded to Fourth and Walnut streets at 8:15 p.m. to investigate a fight between two Rochester Hills residents. The two were separated and given safe rides home. No charges were filed. 

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