What Canadian hasn’t thought about what it would be like to drive a Zamboni? Guiding over the ice between periods of a hockey game is a dream for almost every hockey player to hit the rink, but they probably haven’t dreamt of driving one drunk. Unbelievably, someone has, and the crazy driving under the influence stories don’t end there.
A woman in Kingston, Ontario was charged with impaired driving after she drove a Zamboni erratically, hit the boards, and then fell asleep at the wheel. Concerned citizens noticed that large portions of the ice were missed and she was driving all over the rink, so they contacted the police. She managed to park the Zamboni before she was charged with impaired driving.
A souped-up chair powered by a lawnmower engine would be enough to impress any farm mechanic, but what happened when the owner took his chair for a spin will go down in crazy DUI history. Just south of the border in Minnesota, a man drank 9 beers, drove away on his motorized Lay-Z-Boy reclining chair, then hit a parked car. He was charged with DUI, and the chair was auctioned off on eBay to raise funds for the police department.
DUI by horse? It’s not as farfetched as it may seem. In Colorado a man received a traffic violation for riding his horse while intoxicated. He only received a traffic ticket, but if the horse was his main mode of transportation and was charged with DUI, he would have definitely struggled with his ignition interlock program.
And last but definitely not least, a man from Prince Edward Island was charged just this past week for impaired driving after he was driving a ride-on lawnmower around the community while drunk. When asked to submit to a breathalyzer, he blew 2 ½ times the legal limit of .08, and will be required to spend three days in prison, lose his license for one year, and install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle for one year.
Although these drunk driving stories are funny, there are many more that aren’t. Drunk driving on any type of vehicle has the potential to injure or kill someone, so designate a sober driver or stay at home the next time you decide to drink.