Frosty the Snowman Arrested in Maryland

As we all know, Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul. But was he too jolly? Police in Chesterton, Md. believe so, and yesterday arrested Frosty at the annual Christmas parade for disorderly conduct.

It's not Frosty's first run-in with the law, either. Though he's never been officially charged, many still believe the Snowman, carrying his signature broomstick, led a law-defying riot through the village, challenging police to "catch me if you can." (How the riot ended is still in dispute; most accounts credit the intervention of the traffic cop.) In any event, he was welcomed to Chesterton's Christmas parade this weekend. Bad idea:

Sgt. John A. Dolgos tells The Star Democrat of Easton that 52-year-old Kevin Michael Walsh became agitated when a dog-handling officer tried to escort him away from the crowd.

Walsh told The Associated Press that he has dressed as Frosty in the parade for at least 10 years. He says he was wrongfully arrested. He says an officer hassled him after he remarked about the police dog's presence. He says he became agitated only after getting arrested.

Obviously, all police needed to do was knock the hat off of his head.

[AP