Zamboni Driver Arrested For DUI

February 6, 2012 by staff 

Zamboni Driver Arrested For DUI, A Minnesota driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Monday night in the town of Apple Valley. Of course, that hardly qualifies as a bizarre event; there are plenty of people arrested on suspicion of DUI across the country every day. Still, this particular Minnesota DUI was unusual. The arrest didn’t come on a city road; it came just off the ice at a youth hockey rink.

As reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Twin Cities NBC affiliate KARE, Minneapolis CBS affiliate WCCO and a handful of other outlets, Apple Valley resident Joel Bruss was taken into custody at the Hayes Hockey Arena on suspicion of operating the rink’s Zamboni machine while intoxicated.

The 34-year-old man — whose name has not been released because he has not been formally charged — failed field sobriety tests before being taken to a local police station for a blood-alcohol test. The Star Tribune reported that the implicated driver had also been arrested on DUI charges in 2002 and twice in 1999.

While charges may not be filed against the driver until the blood-alcohol test results are returned, the circumstantial evidence against the man certainly seems to be stacking up against him. The Pee Wee coach who called 911 to report the man offered a troubling recollection of the driver’s 25 minutes attempting to re-surface the Hayes ice (re-surfacing an ice rink traditionally takes approximately 10 minutes) before his team skated back out after a break.

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