St. Paul party bus joyrider pleads guilty to DWI charge

(via TwinCities.com) A Forest Lake man has pleaded guilty to a DWI charge stemming from his joyride in a bar party bus in downtown St. Paul.

Michael Allan Schurrer, 48, was charged in March with three gross misdemeanors: second-degree DWI refusal to submit to a chemical test, third-degree DWI, and driving after cancellation of license.

He pleaded to the refusal charge Monday and was sentenced by Ramsey County District Judge Salvador Rosas to 90 days in jail, which he’ll be allowed to serve on electronic home monitoring or work release, if eligible. Rosas also ordered Schurrer to be placed on probation for two years. The other two charges were dismissed.

According to a criminal complaint, police were alerted on the evening of March 5 that someone had stolen a small party bus from outside Alary’s Bar on East Seventh Street.

When officers located the bus, less than a mile away near Charles Avenue and Capitol Heights, Schurrer was exiting the driver’s side of the vehicle. He appeared drunk and admitted he was drunk, the complaint said.

Alary’s didn’t want to press charges for the auto theft, police said at the time.

Schurrer had five DWI convictions from 1995 to 2008, according to court records. His driving privileges have been canceled since 1997, the complaint said. As part of his sentence, Schurrer is ordered to abstain from drinking.

At the time he was arrested and charged, Schurrer was listed as the Forest Lake Hockey Association’s director of junior gold/bantam teams, but no longer appears to hold the position.

The Minnesota high school boys state hockey tournament was under way at the Xcel Energy Center, though Forest Lake was not in the tournament.

Elizabeth Mohr can be reached at 651-228-5162. Follow her at twitter.com/LizMohr.

 

 

 

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