A Fargo, N.D., man was arrested Friday night on suspicion of driving under the influence. The vehicle he was driving while alledgedly intoxicated? The Zamboni during a girls' high school hockey game.
Steven James Anderson, 27, was arrested during the Davies and Williston girls game Friday night at South Arena after spectators and school officials noticed him driving erratically while resurfacing the ice. A school official called police to the arena, where he was arrested.
“I’ve been here for 22 years … and we have not had an incident like this before,” said Jim Larson, director of finance and human resources for the Fargo Park District, which operates the arena.
Anderson of Fargo was booked into the Cass County Jail on suspicion of DUI and bailed out Saturday morning.
According to the report, Anderson was arrested a month prior for drunk driving and was sentenced to 20 hours of community service. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia and was fined $1,000 for the same incident.
The park district he was working for was apparently not aware of the prior arrest.
So how does a Zamboni driver, who was not driving on a public street get arrested for something like this?
The Forum has the answer:
Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said even though the arrested Zamboni driver was not on a public street, North Dakota law dictates anybody operating a motor vehicle while heavily under the influence of drugs or alcohol be arrested.
“Certainly this is a very unique situation, one that to my knowledge we have not seen here in the city of Fargo,” Vettel said.