This, from my old hometown newspaperThe Asbury Park Press
Let’s see, we have the old Story of George Jones getting a DUI on his lawn tractor, now we have this:
63 year old Zamboni operator John Peragallo was charged with drunken driving after a fellow employee at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown, NJ called police and reported that the machine was speeding and nearly crashed into the boards. Don’t they always almost crash into the boards?
I’ve seen a bunch of these machines over the years and I didn’t know they could speed! Makes me wonder what someone would consider speeding in a Zamboni.
According to the artical, he wasn’t even driving the ice cleaning machine when they arrested him. Sounds like he could claim that he got trashed AFTER he got off the Zamboni, but I’m not a lawyer. I mean, he did manage to get off the machine without breaking his neck…that outta be worth something in court!
Police said Peragallo’s blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent. Levels of 0.08 percent and above are considered legally drunk in NJ and most other states.