Crystal PD has fun with 'low speed pursuit' of Santa Claus


It's not a sleigh, but it worked for this Santa.

The Crystal Police Department got into what it described as a "low speed pursuit" Saturday morning with a scooter-driving Santa Claus, and posted video (seen below) to its Facebook.

"Thankfully, they were able to keep him boxed in, and guided him safely into the Community Center parking lot," the post says.

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All this was for fun, Deputy Police Chief Doug Leslin told BringMeTheNews – part of the Crystal's Winterfest, which included games, crafts rides and other activities.

The officers were having a little fun with something they'd never done before, Leslin said – though added when he first got the request for a police escort, he expected Santa to be in "a car or a convertible or something."

The entire trip was four or five blocks, from Douglas and Broadway south to the Community Center.

The city posted video of Santa pulling in – but at regular speed:

"We're quite known for our police department Facebook page, and we just had a lot of positive reactions," he said about the video, adding there have been a lot of "negative" stories with law enforcement recently.

He called it "refreshing" to have stories like this one.

Crystal PD also arrested a penguin Saturday.

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