You’d almost expect this to have happened in Canada.
But, no, the locale for this non-Canadian story is actually Fargo, N.D. – the real one, not the surreal one found in the Coen brothers’ film of the same name, although this tale is a bit surreal.
Steve Anderson, who works part-time for the Fargo Park District as a Zamboni driver, was arrested for DUI after allegedly cleaning the ice while drunk during a high school girls’ hockey game Friday at the South Sports Arena, according to multiple reports.
Yes, you read that right. He was drunk, allegedly, while cleaning the ice.
It happened during a game between Davies High School and Williston High School, when fans noticed the driver hitting the boards while cleaning the ice. He was, they said in a call to local cops, driving erratically.
When cops showed up at the arena, they arrested Anderson for DUI.
“I’ve been here for 22 years … and we have not had an incident like this before,” said Park District’s Jim Larson told the Grand Forks Herald. “I don’t want to in any way dismiss how serious this is. We’ll review the situation to determine how this happened and what we can do to make it even more fool proof.”
After the arrest, the two teams continued the game but were forced, Larson said, to play on “rough ice” after a replacement driver couldn’t be found.
It’s not the first time a resurfacing machine driver has been busted behind the wheel.
Three years ago, Joel Bruss was arrested for DUI while resurfacing the ice before a minor hockey game in Apple Valley, Minn. He pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor of driving while intoxicated – he had a blood-alcohol reading of .32, four times the legal limit – and was sentenced to two years probation.
Source: Toronto Sun