A director of a Twin Cities-area hockey club is facing a drunken-driving charge after allegedly taking a bar bus for an inebriated joy ride.

Michael Allan Schurrer, 48, was charged Friday with driving while impaired after a Thursday report that a bus had been stolen from outside Alary’s Bar on E. 7th Street in downtown St. Paul — less than a mile from the Xcel Energy Center, where the state high school boys’ hockey tournament was being played.

Schurrer, who is on the board of directors for the Forest Lake Hockey Association, was arrested Thursday when he was found by St. Paul police less than a mile from the bar trying to exit the driver’s side of the bus.

Steve Linders, a police spokesman, said that the bus had been locked, but running, outside the bar and that the bus driver was inside the bar with another set of keys. It’s unclear how Schurrer got inside the bus, which had an adult male passenger already on board who was reportedly not involved with the bus-napping.

Schurrer refused to perform any field sobriety tests but appeared intoxicated, police said. In addition to the second-degree gross misdemeanor for driving while impaired, Schurrer was charged with driving after cancellation of a license and refusal to submit to a chemical test. He’s scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday.

Jim Buchta