A Minnesota man recently found himself too intoxicated to safely operate a Zamboni. Witnesses allege the 39-year-old man was weaving across the rink and smacked into the boards after a PeeWee C game. The rink attendant retreated back into the garage as coaches ushered players and fans away from the scene. By the time the driver parked the Zamboni, authorities were waiting for him. He then failed sobriety tests and was taken to police headquarters for a blood-alcohol test, according to The Duluth News Tribune. The wayward Zamboni operator has not been formally charged, though he was convicted of drunk driving once in 2002 and twice in 1999.

Parents took to the ice themselves to smooth out the rough spots so that the PeeWee A league could play their game.

Minnesota law is a bit murky on whether or not the man could be charged with drunk driving. The state has seen convictions for people driving under the influence on both a motorized recliner and a tractor, though the state's Court of Appeals recently ruled one can whirr about on a motorized scooter while three sheets to the wind without raising the ire of local law enforcement officers.


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      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      He was on private property and not a public road. You cannot be convicted of a DUI on private property and I'm certain the case would be thrown out in court. But he will probably be fired for being drunk on the job............
        Mate
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        He should be fired and if the building is open to the public, I think that he should be charged as well.
      RustyShackelford
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The rink attendant retreated back into the garage as coaches ushered players and fans away from the scene. " *IF* the players were really in danger, and it *isn't* clear from this statement that they actually were, reckless endangerment could feasibly still be on the table. Good thing no one was hurt. The consequences should at least be that he's banned from the rink's Zamboni.
      jeepwillyscj2a
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone else have the urge to drive that Zamboni into a wall in an attempt to plug it in?
      Pj Taintz
      • 2 Years Ago
      wouldnt the ice rink be private property?? and therefore not subject to DWI laws?
      Cabelaj
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ha that's funny. I live in duluth but haven't heard of this happening in the area. Doesn't surprise me, everyone up here hammers the booze down.
      jlv327
      • 2 Years Ago
      Guess it just ain't the good ole' days.. When a good samaritan may pull the guy aside, take him in the back, take his keys and sober him up a bit.. Today, too much money involved..
      Alex740
      • 2 Years Ago
      I feel like we get this story every winter and a DUI on a lawnmower every summer.
      fefifofum
      • 2 Years Ago
      Had a few to many, eh?
      DocCWG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Driving a Zamboni for a living would probably make me want to drink a lot as well. Let's not judge the poor guy.
        Mate
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DocCWG
        Driving a school bus full of screaming kids, could probably make a man want to drink too. But let's not judge the poor guy. We are told that players and fans had to be ushered out of the area because of this guy.
      Dan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I didn't know we had an ice rink here. After a quick consult with my legal friend MN is the state of awesome DUI laws and horrible stories.
      The Canoli King
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now his job is on the ROCKS......
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is that an electric Zamboni or is it a plug-in hybrid Zamboni? And why is it not using the standard EV charger?
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