St. Patrick’s riot as drunken students run wild on streets

Police fired mace to clear a crowd of drunken students in Albany, New York at a St. Patrick’s Party that went wrong.

The Albany Ties Union described a “huge melee on Hudson Avenue on early Saturday morning before the Albany's St. Patrick's Day parade.

Police arrested six students on a variety of charges ranging from rioting to assaulting a police officer.

Several hundred students were out of control, according to police Detective James Miller.

"The group became large and unruly and started to damage several cars parked in the area by attempting to overturn one, smashing car windows and caving in the roof of one car," Miller said. "They also threw furniture from second floor porches onto cars and the street, and beer bottles at a large number of officers who had responded (to) quell the group."

Those arrested were variously charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree riot, resisting arrest and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon,  second-degree assault of a police officer, second-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree riot, resisting arrest, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.The parties started at 7 a.m.  on Saturday; it was called kegs and eggs.

“You wake up have breakfast and start drinking” is how one student described it.

Steve Putnick, a student, told the Times Union he saw a group throw a 65-inch television off a balcony, a car get turned  over and beer cans and bottles being thrown everywhere.

"It was (expletive) crazy stuff going on," said Putnick.

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