There’s a reason why a wide array of vehicles seems to be involved in drunk driving arrests. Once your judgment is impaired by alcohol, you’re likely to be less choosy about what type of conveyance you jump in. In the past we’ve covered DUIs that involve a:
- That’s right, we said a Zamboni
Now we have a carpet-cleaning van. A man in Edmonton found one running (the owner needed the engine on to run the equipment), jumped in it and took off with hoses dangling. In the course of his rampage he ran red lights and narrowly avoided collisions with a vehicle and a pedestrian. His blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .22, or almost three times the legal limit.
It’s an extreme case, and it involves a multiple repeat offender who should have been using an ignition interlock. Stealing a vehicle is about the only way to evade an ignition interlock requirement. Fortunately it’s rarely done, and most offenders who are ordered to use the dev ice do not reoffend.
The driver in question will spend 10 months in jail, have a year of probation after that, and also a 3-year driving ban.
And that ban applies to anything on wheels. Including Zambonis.