In a not so Merry Christmas moment, early Sunday morning California Highway Patrol officers, devoid of any Yuletide spirit, arrested a 22-year-old Sebastopol man after he wrapped his Audi around a power pole on Bodega Highway in Sonoma County.
Booked for suspicion of driving under the influence of methamphetamine, Jeffrey Ainsworth told the CHP that he was on his way to the North Pole to see Santa.
According to officials at Pacific Gas & Electric, Ainsworth and his Audi were entwined in power lines making it difficult for the officers to extract him from the vehicle. PG&E also reported that, 31 residents lost power in the area for most of the day due to the crash.
The Contra Costa Times reported that the Bodega Highway was closed for about four hours after the crash occurred so that CHP could investigate the crash and remove debris from the road.
In no mood to deck the halls with boughs of holly, Ainsworth got into a fight with a CHP officer after he was taken to the jail. It was far from a silent night for the CHP officers and jail staff because all were needed to help restrain the allegedly tweaked-out Santa’s helper.