On Friday January 30, 27-year-old Steven Anderson was arrested after he allegedly drove drunk while cleaning the ice at a girl’s high school ice hockey game. According to the New York Daily News, Anderson, who was driving a Zamboni at the Fargo, ND game, was arrested at about 8:15 p.m. when fans noticed he was driving the Zamboni erratically, crashing into the boards.
The girls’ teams at Williston High and Davies High Schools were in competition when the incident occurred at the South Sports Arena. Anderson has worked part-time as a Zamboni driver for the Fargo Park District for six years. He was fired immediately, according to reports. Fargo Park District director of finance and human resources Jim Larson said that in his 25 years, he had never known of this happening. He said that there is zero tolerance for this type of behavior.
Anderson was arrested on suspicion of DUI, and booked into the Cass County Jail. If found guilty of driving under the influence, penalties for a first-time offense in ND include fines, addiction evaluation, driver’s license suspension, and possible jail time depending on whether the offender’s BAC (blood alcohol content) is below .16, or above .16.
Driving under the influence is a serious problem across the nation. Regardless of what state an individual resides in, the administrative and criminal penalties are harsh. In the state of Michigan, a first-time DUI offender will face penalties that include up to $500 in fines, a maximum of 93 days in jail, probation, community service, license suspension for 30 days, court costs, and more.
As you might expect, the penalties for operating while intoxicated become more serious with each subsequent DUI conviction. In addition, a criminal record could negatively impact your career, current employment, whether you can secure a student loan, and other aspects of your life.
If you have been arrested or charged with driving under the influence, waste no time before contacting a skilled and aggressive Michigan DUI defense attorney. You have legal options, and your legal rights must be protected in order to secure the best possible results.