Driver runs from RTC in #tadcaster & tries to hide in nativity display. Located & arrested #overthelimitunderarrest pic.twitter.com/TsrSu3zVgs— NorthYorksPolice RPG (@NYorksRPG) December 12, 2015
Almost more absurd than the incident itself were Twitter users’ responses, full of characteristically wry British humor and bad puns.
Paul Cording, a senior investigating officer with the roads policing group, started things off:
"Gold" star to my @NYorksRPG colleagues as one "myrrh" drink driver with no (frankin)"cense" is taken off the road👮🚓 https://t.co/zbB2vLrDnz— Sgt Paul Cording👐🏻😷↔️ (@OscarRomeo1268) December 12, 2015
More puns swiftly followed:
@NYorksRPG @andyp05 God arrest ye merry gentlemen..— Neil Royce (@royceylufc) December 12, 2015
@NYorksRPG Suggest you charge him with Mangerous Driving.— Steven Burkeman #FBPE (@stevenburkeman) December 13, 2015
As well as less-than-flattering comparisons to the drunk driver’s inanimate companions in the Nativity scene:
@NYorksRPG obviously not one of the wise men— Bill Simpson (@fc963ec364de471) December 12, 2015
@NYorksRPG @WYPDogs only nativity with two asses 😂😂😂😂— Neil Sampson (@Skippy988) December 13, 2015
Studies have shown that fatalities in the United States from alcohol-impaired driving spike on Christmas and New Year’s — both holidays have between 25 and nearly 50 percent more deaths than an average day during the month of December, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Take a cab, folks.