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Police Arrest Santa After He Runs Red Light

December 24, 1995

DERBY, Conn. (AP) _ Even Santa Claus must obey traffic laws.

A man dressed in a Santa suit ran a red light, then hit a car, and that car hit another car, police said.

Michael Iannarone wasn’t hurt Saturday, but he was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, evading responsibility and failure to obey a traffic signal. The two other drivers suffered minor injuries.

``I’ve made a lot of arrests on Christmas, but this is the first time I’ve had to arrest Santa,″ Sgt. Marcel Lajeunesse said.

Iannarone, a Derby resident, posted $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 12.

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