A drunk Santa and his pie-eyed helper are both in hospital after falling out of their sleigh during a tipsy ride down a busy high street.
The 51-year-old Father Christmas and his 31-year-old female helper had been singing Xmas carols and waving at locals as they trotted down the busy street in Ustrzykach Dolnych, Poland, when a passing car beeped them, scaring the horse which reared up sending them flying into the road.
Passerby Zdzislaw Molodynski who captured the scene on camera said: "It was quite extraordinary. They were supposed to have been an attraction at the local market and lots of people were taking their children there to go and see them. But instead they saw these two, who were clearly under the influence, behaving like they had just come out of a nightclub or something. Then a car started beeping them which threw the horse into a panic. It reared up and sent them smashing into the wall on the corner of the street. It was a mixture of 'Ho, ho, ho' and 'No, no, no'," he said.
Magda Dudzinska who had taken her seven-year-old son to meet the Santa said: "I'm not happy they had a crash or are in hospital, but I'm delighted we didn't get to meet them. Who knows what they would have done in that state. They were clearly in no state to deal with children."
The pair were taken to local hospital suffering from concussion.
Police spokesman Dorota Glazowska said: "Technically, they were drunk while in charge of a vehicle on the road. We are looking at pressing charges."
Article courtesy of www.policeoracle.com