A hockey official in town to watch the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament ended up in handcuffs last week when he drunkenly took a party bus for a joyride through downtown St. Paul.
Michael Allan Schurrer, director of junior gold/bantam hockey teams in the Forest Lake, was arrested Thursday after he hopped on a small bus that was left running outside of Alary’s Bar near the Xcel Center. The door to the bus was locked, so it’s uncertain exactly how Schurrer boarded the bus, but one way or another he ended up behind the wheel.
Schurrer took the bus on a short trek around downtown St. Paul while a witness called police. Authorities located the bus about a mile from the bar, and they stopped Shurrer as he exited the vehicle. A police report of the incident noted that Schurrer “exhibited a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, poor balance and slurred speech,” and he also “refused to perform any field sobriety tests.”
Despite his refusal to submit to a breathalyzer, police had enough evidence to place him under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Slew of Charges
Schurrer earned a slew of charges for his drunken joyride, including:
- Third-degree driving while impaired.
- Driving after the cancellation of a license.
- Refusal to submit to a chemical test.
Luckily for Schurrer, Alary’s Bar told police that they didn’t want to press charges for automobile theft.
Although the bar didn’t want to pursue charges for auto theft, it’s unlikely that Schurrer will get much leniency from the judge. Schurrer has had numerous run-ins with the law in the past, having been convicted of DWI on five different occasions between 1995 and 2008. He hasn’t carried a valid license since 1997, according to police.
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