The unusual DWI story of one of Santa’s elves

One of the craziest DWI stories occurred over the holidays when one of Santa’s elves was arrested at a Target parking lot near the town of Riverdale, New Jersey, according to The incident began at 3:30 a.m. when Sergeant Pat Harden of the Riverdale Police Department was dispatched to the Target parking lot to investigate a suspicious vehicle.

The vehicle in question turned out to be a Toyota van (not Santa’s sleigh) parked near the Target loading dock. The engine was running, the lights were on, and music was blaring. On closer examination, Harden noted that a man dressed in an “elf on a shelf” costume was passed out in the driver’s seat with alcohol on his breath and an open container of beer inside the vehicle. Harden turned off the van’s engine and sought to awaken the man.

Upon awakening the elf man seemed to be confused as to his whereabouts. Harden subjected Santa’s elf to a number of field sobriety tests. Then he transported the wayward elf to Riverdale Police Headquarters to take a breathalyzer test.

The police charged Santa’s elf with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and possessing an open container of alcoholic beverage in his vehicle. A family member picked him up from police headquarters. Santa’s elf will be obliged to appear at the local municipal court on January 6, 2015 to answer to the charges. It is hoped that Santa’s elf will henceforth confine his holiday merrymaking to a safer time and place than behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

That said, we hope that all of our readers had a safe and happy holiday season and we hope that your 2015 is starting off in splendid fashion.

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Image credit: Elf on the Shelf by Melissa Hillier on flickr