British Columbia

Well-meaning Zamboni driver stopped by cops on Vancouver Island

Police in Central Saanich, B.C., pulled over a Zamboni that was being driven down a residential street on Monday night.

'I guess someone thought we were trying to make a rink on the road and called it in to the police'

Central Saanich farmer Marko Kardum was using his Zamboni to clear snow off a street until police made him stop. (Mike McArthur/CBC)

It wasn't your routine traffic stop.

Police in Central Saanich, B.C., pulled over a Zamboni being driven down a snowy residential road on Monday night.

Marko Kardum, a local farmer, was behind the wheel.

Police in Central Saanich asked Kardum to take his Zamboni home because the vehicle wasn't insured. (Dave Freire)

"I was just cleaning up the road to get to my aunt's house to make it safe for her in the morning to drive out," Kardum told CBC News. "I guess someone thought we were trying to make a rink on the road and called it in to the police." 

Kardum said he bought the Zamboni — kind of by accident — for $300 three months ago. 

"It came up on B.C. Auction and I jokingly made a bid and my bid end up winning," he said. "It worked wonderfully to clear the road."

The 32-year-old said he had just completed one pass to his aunt's place and was about to start a second when the police arrived.

"Even though he had good intentions, he was asked to head back to his farm,"  said Cpl. Dan Cottingham of the Central Saanich Police, noting that the Zamboni had no insurance and was a traffic hazard.

The Zamboni incident has turned Kardum into a Canada-wide media sensation. 

"I didn't realize it would make it all the way to the East Coast on the news," he said. "I'm a little overwhelmed by it all."

With files from Richard Zussman

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