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Zamboni driver beats DUI charge

Posted at 11:51 AM on April 3, 2007 by Bill Wareham

From the Associated Press:

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Sure he was legally drunk, but he was only
driving a Zamboni. So a judge in New Jersey has restored John
Peragallo's driving privileges.

Peragallo was charged with drunken driving in 2005 after a
co-worker at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown told police
Peragallo was speeding, and that he nearly crashed the ice-sweeping
machine into the boards.

Tests revealed Peragallo's blood alcohol level was above the
legal limit in New Jersey. He appealed his license suspension, and
Judge Joseph Falcone agreed. Falcone ruled that the four-ton
Zamboni isn't a motor vehicle because it can't be driven on a
highway or carry passengers.