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A man has been charged with impaired driving, refusing to provide a breath sample and resisting arrest after spectators at the Ste. Anne Arena noticed an ice-resurfacing machine being driven erratically between periods of a hockey game last Saturday and called local police.
Ste. Anne police chief Marc Robichaud said officers responded at about 7 p.m. to reports from spectators who saw the ice resurfacing machine hit the rink boards, miss sections of the ice and dig grooves into the ice while it was being driven by an arena worker.
The incident happened between the second and third periods of a hockey game between the Seine River Snipers and the Southeast Blizzard in the bantam (13- and 14-year-old) age group.
"We went there and dealt with the male and we arrested him for impaired driving and consequently refusal (to provide a breath sample) and resisting arrest," Robichaud said.
The man, an employee of the Town of Ste. Anne, has not yet appeared in court.
The remainder of the game was postponed due to the rough ice conditions. The third period was to be played Monday night in Ste. Anne.
Robichaud said this is the first time in his career of more than 24 years of police and security work that he has encountered an impaired driving charge to an ice resurfacing machine driver.
"There’s not much that surprises me. I wasn’t shocked by it. It has happened in other jurisdictions in Canada and the United States," Robichaud said. "I think people may forget sometimes that a motor vehicle is a motor vehicle. You don’t have to be driving on a road to be charged with impaired driving."
Under Canada’s Criminal Code, a motor vehicle is "a vehicle that is drawn, propelled or driven by any means other than muscular power."