Merry Christmas: Man Dressed as Elf on A Shelf Arrested for DWI


A New Jersey man was arrested on Friday for driving while intoxicated after police found passed out and wearing an Elf on the Shelf costume.

Brian Chellis, 23, (referred to by the Associated Press as “elf on the sauce”) was discovered by Riverdale police passed out in his car while dressed as everyone’s beloved creepy holiday tradition, Elf on the Shelf. Via HuffPo:

Lt. James Macintosh says the Cedar Grove man was asleep behind the wheel of a van with its engine running, lights on and music blaring. He says Chellis was in a red shirt, red pants and white ruffled collar.
Macintosh says Chellis seemed confused about where he was and had an open can of beer in the car. He was issued a summons and released to a family member.

Chellis was arrested for DWI, careless driving, and open container, according to He was released to a family member and will appear in court on Jan. 6 (probably not dressed as an elf. But who knows?)

DWIs are not jolly, y’all. This is not how to get in the appropriate holiday spirit.

Image via Riverdale PD.

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