Zamboni driver charged with impaired driving after rink crash
A driver of a Zamboni has been arrested and charged with impaired driving and resisting arrest after he crashed the machine into the boards while treating the ice surface between periods of a hockey game, reports the CBC.
The incident occurred in Ste. Anne, Manitoba, during the second intermission of a game involving the Seine River Snipers, a bantam team comprised of 13-14-year-old boys.
“On his first lap he struck the gate where the Zamboni drives onto the ice, and broke the boards and also broke pieces off the actual Zamboni,” said Martin Kintscher, the Snipers’ manager. “One piece got stuck under the Zamboni, which left a ridge on the ice with every lap.”
The game was canceled due to the condition of the ice despite the driver’s insistence that the ice was “fine.”
Kintscher says the driver became belligerent when supervisors were called in when the game was called.
The Ste. Anne Police Department confirmed the driver was in his 30s and he was arrested and charged with impaired driving, resisting arrest and refusing a breathalyzer.
Kintscher says he told his players that the Zamboni driver “had issues” as a means to explain why the game was canceled.
“There isn’t a whole lot you can tell them. For one, we don’t know, and we said maybe he is impaired, even though I spoke to him up close and couldn’t smell any alcohol on him, couldn’t see that his eyes were bloodshot or anything,” he said. “I’m not an expert.”
Kintscher added that it’s possible the man was suffering some kind of medical issue as opposed to actually being impaired. But as surprising as it may be, if the driver was indeed impaired, it wouldn’t be the first time something like this has happened.