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It's not the vehicle, but your condition that can spark a DUI

Driving is driving. And as a recent story in the St. Paul paper noted, in the eyes of the law, it doesn't matter what kind of vehicle is involved. If you are suspected of driving anything while impaired by alcohol or drugs there is a risk you could be facing charges for DWI.

But it's important to remember that a charge is not a conviction. For the protection of your rights and confidence that you are best prepared to address whatever action authorities might choose to take, you should be speaking with an attorney with demonstrated skill and experience.

The story that prompts this post is the one out of Fargo last week in which a worker at the city's South Arena was arrested for allegedly driving while on the job. He was at the wheel of a Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine.

According to the report, the 27-year-old man was on duty for a girl's high school hockey game. When he took to the ice, school officials and fans in the stands noticed that the machine was weaving -- not following the typical well-choreographed course. Police were called and the man was arrested.

A spokesman for the police admits that the circumstances are unusual. Indeed, he said he can't remember anything like it happening before. But he also made a point of commenting that even though the alleged action didn't occur on a public street, North Dakota law dictates that an arrest was called for.

Officials say prosecutors will decide what charges will be brought. One factor that could influence that decision is the suspect's previous history. Court records show he pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge in December and was sentenced to 20 hours of community service and fined $1,000.

That could result in a more serious charge being filed.

Source: TwinCities.com, "Zamboni DWI arrest made at high school hockey game," Josh Francis, Forum News Service, Feb. 3, 2015

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