Christmas is a time for giving, a season for goodwill to all men, and…just occasionally…a time for getting a bit carried away and ending up spending the night in the cells.
We have collected some of the more festive-looking jailbirds from Christmases past. Most of them had committed fairly minor, and often drink-inspired, crimes.
It’s worth remembering that Sherry will get you drunk more quickly than nearly any other alcoholic drinks… so if you’re leaving a drink out for Santa on Christmas Eve, make sure there are at least a couple of mince pies as well so he can line is stomach.
Nobody wants to see Father Christmas get in this sort of state again.
Sometimes, all your Christmas effort goes to waste. Poor Mark London went to all the effort of putting on a Santa hat and beard before attempting to stick up a bank in Volusia County, Florida in 2013.
The mean-spirited police made him take it off before they photographed him for his mugshot though.
Louisiana man Brandon Touchet, was allowed to keep his Buddy the Elf costume on, although he doesn’t look too pleased about the situation.
Brandon had been busted for drink-driving, which should be a reminder that, while it’s tempting to have a few drinks before driving home at this time of year it’s never a good idea.
Even if you get involved in a prang that wasn’t your fault you can end up with unwelcome points on your license.
This somewhat tired-looking young lady was also arrested on a booze-related offence. In this case, open intoxication which can mean as little as just having a bottle of beer in the street.
The Christmas jumper goes a long way to cheering up what might otherwise be a somewhat gloomy-looking mugshot.
While a majority of Christmas period crimes can be powered by the demon drink, there are a few other party time crimes to consider.
This cheerful-looking lady in the jazzy Christmas jumper, for example, was nicked for reckless endangerment.
This convincing Santa lookalike – who could probably pick up some extra work as a Kenny Rogers impersonator out of season – will always have a police mugshot to remember Christmas 2010 by.
Also, a police record for a liquor violation.
This happy soul didn’t bother with a corny Christmas jumper and went with some festive hair colouring instead.
What with the jolly hair and the winning smile it would take a heart of stone to book her for driving without privileges and failure to provide proof of insurance.
Just a shame she ran into Officer Rockheart then.
Is that really you Santa? It’s not fair that you’re locked up.
Seems like it’s a bit rich to arrest a bloke whose entire legend is based around claiming down peoples’ chimneys.
Is that a Christmas tree on your head, mate, or are you just pleased to see us?
This seasonal bad boy makes a change from plain old Santa Clauses.
Christmas is all about the Baby Jesus, and snow of course. But Fidel Gonzalez Gutierrez misunderstood the instructions and the Florida man ended up being charged with six counts of selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a place of worship.
The charge sheet lists Fidel’s occupation as fisherman, but that full white beard, set off with a festive red vest, give him the air of a tropical Miami Santa.
This one feels like a setup to us.
Allegedly some police officers at a Tennessee cop shop had pinched the Grinch for attempted “theft of Christmas”.