MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 48-year-old Forest Lake hockey director has been arrested and charged after he allegedly stole a shuttle bus belonging to a bar and drove away with it while intoxicated, according to St. Paul police.
On Thursday at around 8 p.m., a police officer was alerted that a small bus was stolen from the front of Alary’s Bar, located on 139 7th St E. The bus had been left running outside and was locked, so it’s not known how it was entered, police said.
According to police, the bus was quickly located less than a mile away near Charles Avenue and Capitol Heights.
Inside the bus, police say they found a man identified as Michael Schurrer. He was then arrested on suspicion of DWI. He refused a breathalyzer, police said.
According to the Ramsey County Jail, Schurrer has been formally charged with third-degree driving while intoxicated, second-degree test refusal and driving after cancellation — all gross misdemeanors. His bail was set at $12,000.
His next court appearance is set for March 9 at 8:30 a.m.
Alary’s Bar did not press charges for auto theft. Schurrer is listed as the Forest Lake Jr. Gold/Bantam Director.
Schurrer’s wife told WCCO her husband spends countless hours volunteering with the Forest Lake Hockey Association, in an effort to make the players better.
She said she hopes her husband’s actions don’t reflect poorly on the association.