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Zamboni Operator Arrested for DUI on Ice

March 28, 2012 | Posted In Criminal Law - DUI/DWI |

New Jersey DUI Attorneys Note Bizarre Incident is No Laughing Matter

A Minnesota man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence while operating a - wait for this - Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine. 

The incident occurred at a youth ice hockey rink where witnesses called 911 to report that the Zamboni operator was "veering all over the place" and "slurring his words."  They also reported that the man smelled of Red Bull.

The coach told police officers who responded to the scene that the man had been trying for about 25 minutes to resurface the ice on his Zamboni, a job that typically takes about 10 minutes.  The ice had to be resurfaced during the break before the team headed back onto the rink. 

Police arrested the man and administered a field sobriety test, which the man failed, a report said.  He was then taken to the police station for a blood-alcohol test.  Results of the blood-alcohol test are still not available. 

The man has previous DUI convictions.  He was arrested twice in 1999 and then again in 2002.  Although he was operating an ice-resurfacing machine this time, those earlier DUI convictions are not going to look good stacked up against him. 

New Jersey DUI lawyers wouldn't be so quick to laugh away the charges against the man.  After all, this arrest occurred in Minnesota, where state law holds that people can be arrested for driving a variety of vehicles while intoxicated, ranging all the way from a forklift to a land mower.

The New Jersey DUI attorneys at Helmer Paul Conley and Kasselman represent persons charged with DUI and facing license suspension across New Jersey.


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