RIVERDALE, N.J., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- With Christmas just four days away, it's crunch time at the North Pole. But Santa may be a man short during the stretch run. It appears the stress of holidays proved too much for one of his helpers, as a man dressed in his bright red elf uniform was found passed out drunk in his car in a Target parking lot in New Jersey on Friday night.
Shortly after being awoken from his slumber -- car running, music blaring -- 23-year-old Brian Chellis was arrested by Sergeant Pat Harden, of the Riverdale Police Department, and summoned for driving while intoxicated and careless driving.
Chellis, who had an open can of beer beside him was also cited for possession of a open alcohol container in a motor vehicle. Macintosh confirmed that the young man was sporting an "Elf on the Shelf" costume and seemed confused as to his whereabouts.
Lieutenant James Macintosh, head of the local police department, confirmed that Chellis smelled of alcohol and failed a number of field sobriety tests.
Santa may want to initiate a seminar on responsible drinking next year, as this is the second time in two years that an elf has been busted for driving drunk.