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Published July 22, 2013, 05:37 PM

State Senator pleads guilty to DUI

North Dakota state senator Joe Miller has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Walsh County. In court Monday Miller waived his right to legal counsel, and by pleading guilty he gives up his right to a trial.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

North Dakota state senator Joe Miller has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Walsh County. In court Monday Miller waived his right to legal counsel, and by pleading guilty he gives up his right to a trial.

Miller says he pleaded guilty because he knows he should not have been drinking and driving. He says he had about eight beers in his system when he got pulled over for going 68 in a 55 mile per hour zone around 2:30 in the morning on June 21st. Court officials revealed Miller's blood alcohol content level was point one three. Miller already paid five hundred dollars in fines and fees, but still has to complete a DUI educational program and obtain an evaluation by a certified addiction counselor. He says he wants to apologize to his constituents but believes resigning would be failing to take responsibility for his actions.

Miller: "I think just resigning would be probably the easy way out some people probably think I should resign and that's fine, But I think it's more important that I finish my obligation I put toward the voters and my constituents."

Miller's term ends in 2016. He says he is not sure if he will run again, but if he does, he says it will be up to the voters to decide whether he'll be back in office.

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