Mass. Governor Deval Patrick: I got "quite drunk" after marathon bombing manhunt

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, at podium, speaks during a news conference, after the arrest of a suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he went to his rural home the day after the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect was captured and got "quite drunk" alone at a restaurant.

The Democrat made his comments Wednesday while visiting a Cambridge marketing firm.

Patrick says he was relieved that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured on April 19 because otherwise people would have been complaining about the "shelter in place" order he gave that day, locking down Boston and several suburbs.

Maggie Merelle, co-owner of the restaurant Rouge in West Stockbridge, told the Boston Herald that Patrick had a "glass of chardonnay or two" with dinner but wasn't drunk.

Merelle told the Herald that hosting the governor that evening made her feel "like an old Jewish mother feeding him. We just wanted to nourish him."

Patrick said he had no money and couldn't pay his bill. Merelle says he eventually settled his tab.

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