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Bumble stumbles, gets hauled to the cooler in staged DUI crackdown

An actual jail docket entry in Columbia County, Oregon jail, shows the Abominable Snowman was charged with DUI and reckless driving.
An actual jail docket entry in Columbia County, Oregon jail, shows the Abominable Snowman was charged with DUI and reckless driving.

Bumbles may bounce, but they don’t get out of a DUI.

Police in St. Helens, Oregon, have charged the Abominable Snowman with Driving Under the Influence and reckless driving.

The arrest came as part of a campaign to bring attention to the importance of not driving impaired. Columbia County residents were passing around the jail docket entry via text and social media, apparently unaware of the traffic campaign.

The 7-foot, 900-pound snowman was booked into Columbia County jail on Monday, with bonds of $1,250.

For anyone who might have been wondering, the snowman is 53 years old, white hair, blue eyes. No word yet on what the T stands for as his middle name. He also, apparently, is a resident of St. Helens, Oregon.

The snowman became well known as a result of his appearance in the 1964 TV classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Rankin/Bass productions. He is formally known as the Abominable Snow Monster of the North.

According to a press release on the St. Helens Police Department website, Officer Claus, an honorary patrol officer, assisted St. Helens officers with a traffic stop at 8 a.m. on Dec. 18 after receiving calls of a driver swerving between lanes on Columbia Boulevard and sideswiping a parked vehicle. His blood alcohol level measured at .16 percent, twice the legal limit in Oregon.

“Mr. Snowman admitted that he was driving home from a holiday party where he drank a little too much peppermint schnapps,” Claus said. “He thought that he would be OK to drive the short distance back to his house. Clearly, that was not the case.”

Abominable was arraigned at the Columbia County Courthouse on Wednesday and faces up to 365 days in jail and a maximum fine of $6,250. He was sentenced to two days in jail and a basic fine, as well a three months probation.

“In all seriousness, while we’ve enjoyed helping spread the word about impaired driving in a lighthearted manner, we ask that you do not drive impaired this holiday season,” said Crystal Farnsworth, spokesperson with the City of St. Helens.

As the song from the TV special goes, “There’s Always Tomorrow.”

Kate Magandy: 228-896-2344, @kmagandy

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