Manitoba Zamboni operator facing impaired driving charges

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A Manitoba man operating a Zamboni during a hockey game is facing impaired driving charges.

Police in Ste. Anne were called to the Sainte-Anne Arena Saturday night because fans at the game noticed “erratic behaviour” by the Zamboni driver.

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“He was banging up against the boards and missing areas and it was evident something was wrong,” said Marc Robichaud, the police chief in Ste. Anne.

Robichaud said when officers arrived the driver wasn’t co-oporative. He was arrested and charged with impaired driving, refusing to provide a breath sample and resisting arrest.

“You don’t have to be driving on a road to be charged with impaired driving,” Robichaud told Global News, who added even though the Zamboni isn’t on a road it is still considered a motor vehicle.

The man is due in court in January.


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