Police officers in Northamptonshire stopped reindeer during drink-drive clampdown

PC John Hutchings is pictured with the reindeer in Holcot
PC John Hutchings is pictured with the reindeer in Holcot

A reindeer was pulled over by police officers in Northamptonshire during a campaign to catch drink-drivers.

The animal was in a trailer which was being driven through the village of Holcot last week.

When police officers saw the reindeer, they decided to check it was ‘safe to fly’ on Christmas Eve.

Chief Inspector Dave Lawson said: “We want everyone who uses our roads to be safe and that includes reindeer!

“Since the beginning of December, 63 people have been arrested as part of this year’s drink drive campaign and officers will be out throughout the Christmas period to continue the operation.”

High profile operations to tackle drink drivers will be taking place until the end of December, both in the evenings and in the early mornings.

Chief Insp Lawson added: “We don’t want to ruin anyone’s Christmas but I have to emphasise that it is the motorists’ responsibility to make sure they are not over the limit when they get behind the wheel. Our message is clear – if you are driving don’t drink alcohol.

Despite checking the reindeer as part of the drink drive clampdown, the police have said a full breath test was not carried out on the animal.