January 25, 2015

Santa’s Helper Arrested for DUI

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The story goes that Santa employs “scout elves” to hide in various places throughout a home during the Christmas season so that they can report back to Santa whether the children of the house have been naughty or nice. One such “Elf on the Shelf,” however, found himself on the naughty list after he was arrested for driving under the influence.

According to New Jersey’s Riverdale police, 23-year-old Brian Chellis was found passed out in a car on December 19th, wearing an Elf on the Shelf costume.

Lt. James Macintosh said Chellis was parked by a Target loading dock with the vehicle’s engine running, lights on, and music blaring. Chellis was asleep at the wheel and wearing a red shirt, red pants, and a white ruffled collar.

According to the arresting officer, Sgt. Pat Harden, Chellis was confused about where he was when he awoke and hand an open can of beer in the car. Harden also indicated that he smelled alcohol in Chellis’s vehicle.

Chellis was eventually released to a family member, but not before failing field sobriety tests. Chellis was issued a summons for DUI, careless driving, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Instead of reporting who was naughty and who was nice, Chellis might want to think about asking Santa for a good DUI attorney this Christmas.


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The acronyms DUI, DWI, OMVI and OVI all refer to the same thing: operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The most commonly used terms are DUI, an acronym for Driving Under the Influence, and DWI, an acronym for Driving While Impaired.
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