A man dressed as one of Santa’s little helpers found himself in trouble Friday morning when Riverdale police allegedly discovered him drunkenly passed out in a car.
Around 3:30 a.m., Sgt. Pat Harden was dispatched to the parking lot of Target on Route 23 after receiving a report of a suspicious vehicle, Lt. James Macintosh said.
Harden located the car, a gray Toyota van, parked by the store’s loading dock with its engine running, lights on and music blaring, the lieutenant said.
The driver, Brian Chellis, 23, of Cedar Grove, was asleep behind the wheel, wearing an “Elf on the Shelf” costume, Macintosh said.
After shutting off the car’s engine and waking Chellis, the sergeant detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, the lieutenant said.
Harden further observed that Chellis seemed confused over his whereabouts and had an open can of beer inside of the car, Macintosh said.
Following a series of field sobriety tests, Chellis was transported to police headquarters for a breath test, the lieutenant said.
Police issued him summonses for driving while intoxicated, careless driving and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.