During the mass manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Boston Governor Deval Patrick (D) was under a lot of pressure to both protect the citizens and capture the dangerous suspect. Apparently, he was so relieved after the fact that he went out to a restaurant the day after and got “quite drunk.”
Patrick admitted to drinking that night while at a Cambridge firm. He explained that the pressure to lift the “shelter in place” order he gave earlier was getting more intense as the day dragged on without any updates on Tsarnaev’s whereabouts. The lockdown urged citizens of Boston and some suburbs to stay at home all day while SWAT teams roamed the city in search of Tsarnaev.
Fortunately, Tsarnaev was captured that evening and the relieved governor went to Berkshire County the next day, where he and his wife have a vacation home, to unwind. He said he went for a swim and then out to dinner alone to read a book, which was when the owner of the restaurant, Maggie Merelle, offered him drinks to celebrate.
"She starts bringing me things to drink as a celebration. And by the end of the meal, I was actually quite drunk, by myself," Patrick said, according to the Boston Herald.
Though the governor admits to getting drunk, Merelle claims he only had a glass or two of chardonnay and wasn’t all that drunk. She did say that he didn’t have money to pay the bill that night, but was eventually able to settle the bill the next day.