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Published March 02, 2012, 09:21 AM

Minnesota Zamboni operator charged with DWI

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities man who allegedly drove a Zamboni at a peewee hockey game while drunk is now charged with DWI.

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities man who allegedly drove a Zamboni at a peewee hockey game while drunk is now charged with DWI.

Thirty-four-year-old Joel Bruss of Apple Valley was charged this week with four counts of driving while impaired.

According to the complaint, Bruss had a blood-alcohol content of 0.32 percent — four times the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.

Parents at an Apple Valley ice arena called police on Jan. 30 to report that Bruss was driving the ice-resurfacing machine erratically.

According to the complaint, when police arrived at Hayes Ice Arena, Bruss had gotten the Zamboni stuck half-on and half-off the ice.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/w1gVFj) reports Bruss has been suspended from his part-time job.

He did not immediately return a phone call for comment Thursday.

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