It's St. Patrick's Day and that means many bars and pubs will be packed, but law enforcement wants to remind anyone who is drinking not to get behind the wheel.
Green beer, green clothes and lots of people, it was easy to tell Sunday was St. Patrick's Day at Clancy's Pub at 72nd and Pacific in Omaha. Calvin Munsinger was with his family to have a good time and celebrate. “Sit around and have a few beers and Reubens and just smile.”
Since Munsinger was drinking he had a plan to get home safely. “My wife is our designated driver and my brother-in-law is their designated driver."
It’s a plan law enforcement hopes others in the pub also had. “Just be responsible, get your DD to help you out,” said Bellevue Police Officer Jonovan Hargiss. “If you think you are fine you're probably not."
Just in case, officers will be patrolling through the overnight, trying to catch drunk drivers before they hurt themselves or others. “We will be more visible on the streets,” said Officer Hargiss. “We will be looking for DUI drivers making sure everyone is safe when they are out walking around from bar to bar."
Channel 6 News took a ride with Officer Hargiss as he began his rounds. Driving around Bellevue Sunday morning all was quiet, but he expected things to pick up at night.
Omaha police report five DUI arrests since early Saturday morning. That number is expected to climb Sunday night.