North Dakota District Ten State Senator Joe Miller of Park River has
pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.
Miller entered his guilty plea Monday morning in Northeast District Court in
The charge against him was a Class B misdemeanor, punishable to a
maximum of 30-days in jail and a one-thousand-dollar fine.
Judge Richard Geiger sentenced Miller to 29-days in jail for one year, all
suspended. Miller paid a 250-dollar fine and another 250-dollars in court fees.
Miller admitted driving home drunk the night of June 21st, after a banquet
in Fordville. He said in court he'd consumed about "eight beers", got into his vehicle
and drove. He was pulled over for speeding, failed a breathlyzer test and a blood alcohol
test which measured him at point-one-three.
Miller must also complete a DUI education program and be evaluated by an
After the hearing, Miller says he knows he did wrong, will stay on as a state senator
and decide whether to run again in 2016.