Dozens of arrests were made by Columbia police in the popular Five Points entertainment district following the USC-Georgia football game.
41 arrests were made late Saturday and early Sunday. Police expected a large crowd in Five Points after the South Carolina-Georgia football game and made special plans for security coverage. A total of 63 charges were filed against those arrested, including assault, drunkenness, possession of beer under the age of 21, and unlawful urination.
The most serious charge was made on a driver who was charged with felony DUI. Columbia Police arrested 29-year-old James Green after investigators say he crashed into a car at the corner of Millwood Avenue and Washington Street, located about a mile north of Five Points. Police say green was traveling east on Washington at about 11:30 p.m. and failed to yield to the other car traveling north on Millwood. When the two cars collided, green’s car flipped on its side. Green and four passengers were taken to the hospital. Police say one person suffered severe injuries while the others were treated and released.
Authorities decided to send around 50 officers into the area after the football game because of a shooting and two mob assaults within two hours after the last Gamecocks’ home game on September 23.
Tom Hayes contributed to this report