The Exeter Police Department is investigating a Christmas evening crash involving a driver dressed from head to toe as the Grinch. The driver veered off the roadway and struck a sign and mailbox at a local business, The Word Barn.
Exeter police, fire and rescue personnel responded to 66 Newfields Road at 5:50 p.m. on December 25, 2023 and discovered a silver Honda CRV on the front lawn. The driver’s door was open and the operator was observed wearing a full Grinch costume with his feet out of the vehicle on the ground as seen below.
It appears that the driver, who was identified as 31-year-old Jon C. Williamson of Exeter, was traveling south on Newfields Road when he became distracted near a curve in the road and his vehicle went off the roadway and damaged the mailbox, the sign for The Wood Barn, and several lights located along the path in the front yard.
The vehicle sustained significant front-end damage along with a smashed windshield and broken rear driver’s side window.
“This was certainly a unique situation. Officers never expected to arrive at the scene to find that an operator was wearing a Grinch suit behind the wheel, but it was Christmas night so not entirely outside the realm of possibility. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt,” Police Chief Stephan Poulin said.
Williamson, who denied any injury at the scene, was evaluated by Exeter fire and rescue personnel and transported to Exeter Hospital.
The crash remains under investigation.
The vehicle was towed from the scene by New England Truck Center.
TMX contributed to this article