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Minnesota man arrested for DUI…on a Zamboni

Feb 1, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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A 34-year-old Minnesota man was arrested Monday for allegedly driving a Zamboni drunk.

Fortunately, he wasn’t pulled over on the highway.

Via the StarTribune:

About 25 minutes into what should have been a 10-minute job resurfacing the ice, the driver — a part-time employee of the city of Apple Valley — tried to maneuver the unwieldy machine into the arena garage. By then, coach Bryan Dornstreich had called 911.

… Before the PeeWee C players, ages 11 to 13, took the ice, Dornstreich said he noticed that the rink attendant was “making stripes on the ice.” But the driver went back and corrected all his mistakes. After the game it was a different story, though.

While Dornstreich was working with a referee, a parent ran over to say that the rink attendant was “weaving all over, slurring his words.”

The paper reports there have been arrests in Minnesota for DUI on “everything from a souped-up motorized recliner to a farm tractor,” but it didn’t say anything about a Zamboni.

PS — We’re not sure if there’s a difference between a motorized recliner and a “souped-up” motorized recliner. But if there is, we hope it involves hydraulics.

  1. zach28 - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    hahaha good thing none of the kids were hurt…but cmon thats kinda funny

  2. Stiller43 - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Whats the worst that could happen? He passes out and the zamboni sits on the ice? Kids arent allowed on the ice with the zamboni anyway, let this guy go!

  3. lsxphotog - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    …I’ve never met a sober Zamboni driver. haha

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      hahaha a guy at the rink I trained at could do the whole sheet of ice in less than 5 minutes. Maybe not drunk, but probably a few lines in…..

  4. paulsdamnblog - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Is this a Minnesota thing?

    http://www.geek.com/articles/gadgets/want-a-chair-you-can-drive-motorized-la-z-boy-soon-up-for-auction-20091029/

  5. rgledz - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    The guy is probably from Wisconsin.

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