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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • N.D. lawmaker, Miller, faces alcohol charges

  • North Dakota state Sen. Joe Miller, facing alcohol-related driving charges, called the incident last week “foolish” in light of a past alcohol offense.
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  • North Dakota state Sen. Joe Miller, facing alcohol-related driving charges, called the incident last week “foolish” in light of a past alcohol offense.
    Miller, 30, of Park River, was charged last Tuesday in state district court in Grafton with speeding, having an open container and being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while over the legal alcohol limit, according to court records.
    He said he always tries to be careful about drinking before getting behind the wheel.
    “I just didn’t think,” he said. “It was a foolish thing to do. What do you say when you do something like this? It’s my own dang fault.”
    The incident happened after he left a banquet about 50 miles away from Park River close to midnight.
    An officer pulled him over for speeding and found “a couple” of beer cans sitting in the car, he said. Although he hasn’t received the blood test results back yet, he said he thought his blood alcohol content level was 0.12.
    Miller is scheduled to make his initial appearance for the actual physical control charge July 22.

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