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Man Drives Through Holiday Lights
A Des Moines man was behind bars Wednesday after police said he took a drunken joy ride through the Make-A-Wish Iowas Jolly Holiday Lights on Tuesday.
Police said Mario Linares was drunk behind the wheel, weaving in and out of cars full of families at Water Works Park.
Police said they stopped Linares near the end of the 3-mile stretch of lights. Police reports indicate Linares smelled strongly of alcohol. Police found a cup, marijuana and a large knife inside his Jeep.
No one was hurt in the incident and the displays were not damaged.
Tuesdays incident wasnt the first time something like this has happened. In 2012, Justin Arey caused nearly $30,000 in damage when he drove drunk through Jolly Holiday Lights.
Ill be sure this will never happen again, Arey said in a 2012 interview.
In 2011, someone stripped the posts of the light displays, stealing thousands of dollars in copper