Grinch-costumed driver crashes into sign, mailbox on Christmas night in Exeter

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EXETER — A driver dressed as the Grinch veered off the road and into holiday decorations on Christmas night, prompting an unusual police response.

Exeter police, fire and rescue personnel arrived at 66 Newfields Road at 5:50 p.m. on Dec. 25 to find a silver Honda CRV on the front lawn.

The driver, Jon C. Williamson, 31, of Exeter, was found dressed in a full Grinch costume, with his feet on the ground outside the open driver’s door.

According to the Exeter Police Department, Williamson was traveling south on Newfields Road when he got distracted and lost control of his vehicle near a curve, striking a mailbox, the sign for The Word Barn, and several lights along the pathway in the front yard.

The crash caused significant damage to the front end of the vehicle, a shattered windshield, and a broken window on the rear driver’s side.

Williamson, who initially denied any injuries, was assessed by Exeter fire and rescue and eventually transported to Exeter Hospital for evaluation.

The incident is still under investigation, and the Honda CRV was towed away by New England Truck Center.

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