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Man who bicycled to work at hockey game is convicted of DUI for operating Zamboni while drunk

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Is an ice-resurfacing machine a motor vehicle as defined by the city code of Fargo, North Dakota?

A defense lawyer said it isn’t, but a municipal court judge disagreed. He convicted Steven James Anderson, 27, on Tuesday of driving under the influence for operating a Zamboni while drunk earlier this year, reports the Associated Press.

A high school principal called authorities after noticing the Zamboni being driven erratically on the ice during breaks in a high school girls hockey game.

Attorney Lindsey Haugen said his client had been drinking at a party before the Jan. 30 game, and bicycled to the rink. Anderson had intended to take a cab home afterward, Haugen told the court.

Arrested, Anderson blew a .314 at about 9:30 p.m., more than three times the legal limit, according to the AP.

He was sentenced to nine days at Tuesday’s bench trial, and must pay a $1,500 fine.

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