It's a tradition that goes back more years than anyone really remembers. Every year on the Eve of Christmas, Santa Claus always ends up in Caldwell County and he always ends up being "chased" by deputies responding to calls of him "breaking and entering."
It's a tradition that always seems to end up played out on the police radio in perfect scripted form while lots of kids are in range to hear it.
It always ends with Santa's sleigh being run through the vehicle identification system and Santa himself being checked for warrants. It always comes out clear though, and the Jolly Old Elf gets released to continue his mission of spreading Christmas cheer to all the boys and girls.
This year, 4-year-old Carter Dula ended up in earshot of his firefighter father's emergency pager. Carter heard deputies discussing the turns Santa was making as they pursued him throughout the county, never quite catching up to his sleigh.
Much to the surprise and delight of little Carter, deputies reported Santa's sleigh clocked at more than 100 mph.
Carter's mother, Stephanie, captured her son's reaction to the chase on video - which she shared on Facebook. Several times during the video Carter squeals at the idea of Santa being so close to his house.
Once deputies realize who they've "captured," they politely release him on his merry way. After the traditional radio call is done, deputies wish a Merry Christmas to all, "And to all a good night."
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