Drunken incidents mar Hyde St party

A St John paramedic was covered in shattered glass fragments at the Hyde St party yesterday, in what police say was a ''particularly distressing'' incident.

The vehicle, driven by a sole female paramedic, had its windscreen shoulder barged by an intoxicated man.

Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident on Albany St about 4pm.

Revellers during the early stages of the the Hyde St party yesterday. Photo Gerard O'Brien
Revellers during the early stages of the the Hyde St party yesterday. Photo Gerard O'Brien
He allegedly damaged two other vehicles.

All up, there were a dozen arrests for alleged offending that included assaulting security staff, disorder, fighting, and offensive behaviour.

Inspector Mel Aitken was disappointed with the level of disorder.

"This is yet another example of the harm alcohol causes and the poor decision making of those under the influence."

"Despite the best efforts of organising staff to create an enjoyable occasion for students, the level of alcohol related harm and the risk to public safety still remains too high" Insp Aitken said.

The Hyde Street event was far from being what police deemed a safe event, police said in a statement said tonight.

The excellent relationship with stakeholders should enable continued improvements to redesign this event to make it a safe and enjoyable for all, the statement said.



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