Arnold Trejo was arrested last week outside of the Press Room Bar on Cota Street for a curious combination of drunk driving and misdemeanor hate crime. Moments after walking out of the bar at about 2 a.m. on Wednesday night, the 48-year-old Trejo returned in his truck and started yelling profanities at a group gathered outside, screaming that he “hated the Irish” and pelting the awestruck onlookers with a barrage of low-grade fireworks. His weapons quickly escalated to a flaming sparkler and a 15-inch, military-style knife that Trejo flung harmlessly – and seemingly inexplicably – at a woman nearby. The madness occurred directly across the street from the Irish pub Dargan’s, with its conspicuous six-foot leprechaun. Trejo was apprehended by authorities before he could cause any real harm.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., April 13, 2006
Updated 11:43 a.m., April 27, 2006
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