Drunken Santa rides around Wisconsin town hugging little kids

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Santa and one of his little helpers helped themselves to a little too much Christmas cheer in Sparta, Wis., over the weekend, and ended up in trouble with the law.

It all started with a phone call to police about a man in a Santa suit who "stumbled from the vehicle, approached several children playing in a yard and began to hug them, demanding to know where his reindeer were," police told the La Crosse Tribune.

It didn't take long for the cops to find the errant sleigh and arrest Kevin Arnold, the driver, on suspicion of drunken driving. Police cite Santa -- Thomas Arnold -- for open intoxicants and released him at the scene.

A spokesowman for Sparta police said late Monday that a court date for Kevin Arnold has been set for Jan. 19, and that it's his third arrest on drunken driving charges. Thomas Arnold's first court date is Jan. 14.

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