In an almost surreal episode, a Zamboni driver at a North Dakota high school hockey game was arrested for DUI during the second period of a contest at which he was cleaning the ice.
As reported by Fargo ABC affiliate WDAY, the girls hockey game between Davies and Williston High Schools was briefly delayed when Steven Anderson was assessed and arrested for DUI at Southside Arena in Fargo. Immediately after Anderson’s arrest a replacement Zamboni driver was contacted, but the two schools decided to play on rather than wait for that driver to arrive.
A representative of the Fargo Park District, which operates the arena, told WDAY the incident was completely unprecedented in the area.
“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. …
“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.”
Larson and his staff were notified about erratic Zamboni driving at the rink by Fargo Police, who in turn were tipped off to the Anderson’s swerving ice performance by Fargo Public School officials at the event. Within 15 minutes of Anderson’s arrest Larson was on site at Southside rink, ensuring that no one was injured by the erratic ice cleaning.