The motorist attempted to hide from officers in a nativity scene 200 metres from where he had crashed his MINI Cooper.
North Yorkshire Police soon located the suspect and tweeted: “Driver runs from RTC in #tadcaster & tries to hide in nativity display. Located & arrested #overthelimitunderarrest.”
The amusing incident sparked a flurry of further tweets.
@NYorksRPG obviously not one of the wise men
— Bill Simpson (@fc963ec364de471) December 12, 2015
@NYorksRPG Not even the baby Jesus could save him
— Alan Huddart (@alanhuddart) December 12, 2015
— Neil Royce (@royceylufc) December 12, 2015
@NYorksRPG Suggest you charge him with Mangerous Driving.
— Steven Burkeman (@stevenburkeman) December 13, 2015
@NYorksRPG —shame there was “No room at the inn”, could have been a different story!
— Malcolm Kettlewell (@mallykay17) December 12, 2015
— Neil Sampson (@Skippy988) December 13, 2015
It comes after more than 700,000 motorists admitted that they will be over the drink-drive limit this Christmas when they take to the roads.
One in five said they’d driven over the limit before and 18 per cent boasted: “Alcohol doesn’t affect me”, the Co-op Insurance poll also revealed.