Elf...well, really a guy in a costume...charged with DWI

Brian Chellis -- seen here in an elf suit -- talks to a Riverdale, N.J. police officer after being found passed out in a car early on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

AP Photo/Riverdale Police Department

RIVERDALE, N.J. - Police say an elf on the sauce is facing drunken driving charges in New Jersey.

Riverdale police tell that 23-year-old Brian Chellis was found passed out in a car early Friday morning wearing an Elf on the Shelf costume.

Lt. James Macintosh says the Cedar Grove man was asleep behind the wheel of a van with its engine running, lights on and music blaring. He says Chellis was in a red shirt, red pants and white ruffled collar.

Macintosh says Chellis seemed confused about where he was and had an open can of beer in the car. He was issued a summons and released to a family member.