Santa Claus arrested for drunk driving in US state of Idaho!

  • PTI, San Francisco
  • Updated: Jan 28, 2016 19:56 IST
A man named Santa Claus was arrested for drunk driving by police in Idaho, United States. (Photo courtsey:

Santa Claus was arrested in the US state of Idaho recently for drunk driving !

However, the person in question was not the world famous red and white clad Santa riding a sledge but a 67-year-old man whose legal name is Santa Claus.

He hit headlines for his famous name while for the other Santa Claus it is off season after the busy Christmas time.

Court documents stated that police officers in Post Falls, Idaho, arrested the Washington man named Santa Claus after he was spotted driving the wrong way. Claus ended with a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest, KREM-TV reported.

The charge was reduced last Friday to misdemeanour reckless driving when Claus appeared in court. He pleaded guilty and paid a $700 fine.

Claus stated he was not from the area and was unfamiliar with the streets. Court records showed Claus admitted to having three or four beers.

Officers at the scene conducted a field evaluation of Claus and said he had difficulty maintaining his balance. He later agreed to submit to a breath test. Police arrested Santa Claus for DUI but noted he was “cooperative throughout”.

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