This is a true story.
CHESTERTOWN, Md.- A man dressed up in a “Frosty the Snowman” costume was whisked away in handcuffs Saturday. It sounds outrageous, but that is exactly what happened during the annual holiday parade in Chestertown.
Chestertown police said 52-year-old Kevin Walsh, who was dressed as Frosty, got a little out of hand. Video of Walsh’s arrest is on Youtube and the incident has garnered national attention.
“Snowmen are good; they should not be arrested,” said Walsh, who was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
Walsh said that for the past 10 years he dressed up as Frosty for the Chestertown Christmas Parade. This year he did not think he would end up in handcuffs in the back of a police car.
“They kept me in the police car for 10 minutes while the parade was marching by and everyone was looking at me,” Walsh said. He denies any wrongdoing.
Chestertown Police Chief William Dwyer said Walsh did do something wrong. He said Walsh was “agitated” when a dog-handling officer tried to escort him away from the crowd. Walsh is accused of taking off the head portion of the Frosty costume and hitting the officer in the face with it.
“He starting cursing and we asked him to remove the mask,” Dwyer said. “He kicked one of our police dogs which led to the altercation.”
Dwyer noted that Walsh has a history of run-ins with the law. Court records show Walsh has been charged in the past with three assaults and disorderly conduct. He is also banned from the Chestertown Town Hall.
“Anytime he gets a chance to agitate a police officer or anyone on the town council he does so,” Dwyer said.
Walsh is invited to next year’s Christmas parade. However, he is expected to have better behavior.