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Drunk Zamboni Driver Sentenced Over .314 BAC In North Dakota

06/03/2015 07:43 pm ET | Updated Jun 03, 2015

A man in Fargo, North Dakota, will spend at least a week for drunken Zamboni driving.

Zamboni driver Steven James Anderson, 27, was convicted Tuesday for an incident on New Year's Eve where he allegedly drove an ice resurfacing machine while under the influence of alcohol, Valley Live News reports.

A judge sentenced Anderson to nine days in jail, with credit for one day served. Anderson will also have to pay a $1,500 fine, go through a chemical dependency evaluation, and participation in the state's 24/7 sobriety program, according to FoxSports.com.

Witnesses said Anderson was driving erratically on the ice between periods and crashed into the boards a few times. A TV journalist at the game testified in court he saw Anderson yell at the sound operator to "crank it up" during an AC/DC song, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

A school principal called police during the game. A test at the time of Anderson's arrest showed his blood alcohol content was .314, almost four times the legal limit.

Anderson's attorney, Lindsey Haugen, argued that her client wasn't guilty because the law isn't clear about whether a Zamboni is a vehicle. Municipal Court Judge Stephen Dawson said the state law does include such vehicles, CBS News reports.

Anderson apologized to the court about the incident and said he has been sober since the arrest.

"I just want to get it over with," he said, according to the Associated Press.

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