Forest Lake hockey director charged with taking bar bus on drunken joyride


The director of a local hockey association has been charged with drunken driving after he allegedly took a bar bus for a ride during the state high school boys hockey tournament.

Michael Allan Schurrer, 48, was charged last week after police say he stole a bus from outside Alary's Bar in St. Paul Thursday evening, the Star Tribune says. He was arrested about a mile from the bar when he was exiting the driver's side of the bus, the newspaper says.

The bus, which is used by the bar to transport people to and from events at the nearby Xcel Energy Center, was locked, but running outside the bar when police say Schurrer took it, the Forest Lake Times reports.

Schurrer is listed as the director of the junior gold/bantam teams with the Forest Lake Hockey Association. The Minnesota state high school boys hockey tournament was going on at the Xcel that night, but Forest Lake wasn't in the tournament, the Pioneer Press reported.

There was an adult male on the bus, but police say he wasn't involved in the theft, the Star Tribune says.

Police say Schurrer refused a field sobriety test, but appeared intoxicated.

He'll make his first court appearance Monday on three charges: refusing to submit to a chemical test, third-degree driving while impaired and driving after cancellation of a license, reports say.

Alary's didn't want to press charges for the bus theft, the Pioneer Press says.

Schurrer has been convicted five times for drunken driving and twice for driving with a canceled license, the Forest Lake Times says.

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