Pats Fans More Drunk Than Usual at Jets Game
More than 100 fans taken into custody for public intoxication, cop says
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 06: Danny Woodhead #39 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball in the second quarter against Drew Coleman #30 of the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010 Updated at 11:01 AM EDT
It wasn't just the New York Jets who got blitzed in Monday night's football game against the New England Patriots.
Foxborough Police Chief Edward O'Leary says officers took 102 fans into protective custody for public intoxication, by far the most he can remember at a Patriots game in his 25 years as chief. Seven required hospitalization.
Fifteen people were taken into custody on a variety of other charges.
O'Leary tells The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro that about half the drunken fans were apprehended as they tried to enter Gillette Stadium.
He says many were battling the frigid pre-game temperatures with hard liquor.
He says the lopsided score -- the Patriots won 45-3 -- may have contributed to the problem because many fans lost interest in the game.
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