St. Patty’s Day shenanigans occupy Oak Bay officers

Loud parties, underage drinking and intoxicated drivers kept Oak Bay police on their toes throughout the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

  • Mar. 19, 2012 2:00 p.m.

Celebrations in honour of St. Patrick kept police busy over the weekend with loud house parties and public intoxication the norm.

Calls to police began in the early morning hours of March 17, when a driver was stopped on Cadboro Bay Road at about 1 a.m. for being under the influence of marijuana. The 60-year-old’s car was towed.

Just before 2 p.m., officers responded to a loud house party in the 2700-block of Cadboro Bay Rd. Partygoers were let off with a warning. Two hours later, police were called to the 2000-block of Renfrew Rd. where attendees of another house party had spilled onto neighbouring yards. Several tickets were issued under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act. A third loud house party in the 3400-block of Henderson Rd. was shut down shortly after 6 p.m.

Tickets were also issued to youth openly drinking liquor en route to a St. Patrick’s Day event at the University of Victoria.

At 10:30 p.m. a transit driver contacted police after his bus was “attacked” by a group of young males demanding to be let on board. The driver was concerned he may have struck one of the youths who had attempted to ride on the outside of the bus. Police were unable to locate the youths and the driver was left distressed.

The shenanigans ended in a 90-day driving suspension issued to a 22-year-old woman found speeding while impaired in the 2800-block of Foul Bay Rd.