St. Patrick’s celebration turns ugly; several injured |

St. Patrick’s celebration turns ugly; several injured

The Associated Press

QUARTZ HILL, Calif. (AP) – A St. Patrick’s Day party turned into a brawl and several people were hurt when a man drove his car through the crowd, authorities said Sunday.

The driver was arrested Sunday morning for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and two other people were later arrested for investigation of obstructing deputies who were trying to break up the crowd, sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Noonan said.

He did not have their names.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the Antelope Valley community shortly before midnight by a report of a large crowd.

They arrived to find fistfights had broken out between about 50 of the estimated 300 partygoers outside the home, Noonan said.

”It started out as a St. Patrick’s Day party and then it turned ugly,” Sgt. Russell Wilson sad.

Some partygoers smashed beer bottles over each other’s heads, and a car struck several people as it left the lot, Wilson said.

”A number of people bounced off the side of the car or the hood,” he added.

Deputies pursued the driver and arrested him.

It was not immediately clear how many people were hurt or the extent of their injuries, but Noonan said nobody was immediately hospitalized. No deputies were hurt.

About a dozen deputies in riot gear broke up the party in less than an hour, he added.

Many of the partygoers appeared to be underage.

”There were just herds and herds of young people drinking,” Noonan said.

Quartz Hill is about 40 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

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