Driver Scares Crowds at Alabama Christmas Parade

by Michael Freeman

While Christmas parades are a staple holiday season occurrence, a recent one in Alabama quickly turned to disaster. Someone interrupted the festivities, driving through the parade and scaring parade spectators.

Police took a suspect into custody after video footage caught him driving the wrong way during a Christmas parade route. Occurring last night in Hayden, Alabama, parade goers’ joy soon turned to terror. Hayden Police Chief James Chapman posted a Facebook update this morning about the incident.

“To all of those that were in attendance at the Christmas parade tonight, if there is anyone who would like to make a police report for reckless endangerment needs to contact Hayden PD and we will get this process started. I am thankful that no one was injured by this person. The Hayden Police Dept has arrested this subject and initiated criminal and traffic charges. Thank you to all that assisted!”

WVTM obtained video footage of the reckless driving. The video begins with the crowd screaming as a minivan rushes through the parade toward a police cruiser. The cruiser in question seems to have been leading the festivities.

Hayden’s official Facebook page even gave its residents a heads-up about the parade. “Police and fire units will be riding Highway 160 with emergency lights on to slow traffic down so you can get in a spot safely to view the parade,” it reads.

The post continues, saying “West Blount Fire District has set up 15 light towers along the parade route to help ensure the safety of all parade attendees and participants.”

It could be argued the suspect didn’t see the post, but it’s hard to say they didn’t see the giant parade. Luckily, it appears no one was injured.

SUV Kills 5 People at a Wisconsin Christmas Parade

Though a terrifying affair, there luckily weren’t any fatalities at the Hayden Christmas parade. Tragically, this wasn’t the case at a parade in Wisconsin, as an SUV killed five people.

BBC reports the terrible event occurred right before 4:40 p.m at Waukesha, Wisconsin. An SUV drove straight through the crowd that had gathered for the town’s 58th annual Christmas parade last Sunday. The red vehicle drove through the barricades and killed five people while injuring more than 40.

Shawn Reilly, Waukesha’s mayor, gave his own thoughts on the matter. “Today our community faced horror and tragedy in what should have been a community celebration. I’m deeply saddened to know that so many in our community went to a parade, but ended up dealing with injury and heartache.”

The suspect is in custody and it is thought they were fleeing another scene. Reports as of now think they were involved in a knife fight, but it hasn’t been confirmed.