Passenger Of State Senator Arrested For DUI Had Drug Paraphernalia

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State Senator Joe Miller (R-Park River) was arrested earlier this month for driving under the influence of alcohol, but it turns out he had a passenger who was also arrested for drug-related charges.

Senator Miller spoke about it today on the Jarrod Thomas Show on Grand Forks radio staton KNOX AM1310.

I called Senator Miller this morning and he confirmed the arrest to me. He said the man is “a guy who works for me” and that he believed he was arrested for having a marijuana pipe.

Miller wasn’t certain whether or not the man had any actual drugs on him.

Miller said he was giving the man a ride to a banquet they were both attending and that he wasn’t aware he had the pipe on him. Miller only faces charges relating to open container and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Earlier this week the father of DUI victims who advocated for tougher DUI penalties at the state legislature earlier this year wrote an open letter to Miller demanding that he resign.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • whowon

    When Democrats hold their elected fools to the same outrage, we may get somewhere. Ted Kennedy? Crickets, he is honored by the Democrats now! Menendez and Spitzer and young prostitutes? Ray Nagin? Dick Weiner? Oops, Anthony. Of the the honorable Clintons, no problem, Hillary in charge of the State department and our people were abandoned in Benghazi and Democrats say let’s make her President. Then of course Billy Clinton.

    • guest

      Thats our defense? Their guys are dopes too?

      • whowon

        not our defense, just really tired of the Democrats screaming “resign!” when they ignore their own. Had a few good stories on their Legislators this year too, free pass for them.

      • Thresherman

        No, but until they start holding their people responsible for their actions, why should we let them tell us how to handle ours?

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        No, we should hold all politicians to the same standard.

        Honestly, I think that if Miller has to resign, then so should Rep. Boschee of Fargo.

        • guest

          Wasn’t Boschee elected after his alcohol offenses? It’s a different story when the offense happens while in office. If Joe Miller gets re-elected after this, then he deserves to hold his seat.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            That…doesn’t make any sense.

            You say that Miller should resign because he has DUI’s. But you also say that if he’s elected again he deserves to hold office.

            How does he run again if he resigns? You can’t both demand resignation, and also say it’s up to the voters. Miller himself has said that he’s going to hold on and let the voters decide his fate.

            It seems like you sort of agree?

            Both Miller and Boschee have two DUI’s on their record. There’s not that much difference in the timeline. Boschee’s came in 2006 and 2010, Miller’s came in 2008 and 2013.

            All I’m saying is that if you’re going to apply a standard, apply an even standard.

          • Matthew Hawkins

            He can actually resign and still run in the next election.

            The Miller and Boschee cases are actually different. The voters knew about Boschee but not about Miller.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Miller had one dUI before he was elected. Boschee had two.

            The situations aren’t really that different…except one is a Democrat and you hold Democrats to a different standard.

          • Matthew Hawkins

            And Miller still seems to have a problem. Several beers at a party and he took one in the car with him?

            He needs counseling not unqualified support.

            I think there is a big difference when you are caught currently while in office.

          • Rick Melbye

            Then lets just open it up to the honor (dishonor) system, and ask every elected official who has ever driven after having more than 2 drinks to resign. We’ll rely on their good word as to whether or not they have ever driven drunk. Aren’t we fooling ourselves here by thinking its only the few who have gotten caught that are the bad guys? If people were to answer honestly… My bet would be a majority have driven impaired at one time or another.

          • DRO

            Maybe they were smart enuf to not speed while drinking and driving!

          • Rick Melbye

            So what you’d have us believe is that driving drunk is ok as long as you don’t get caught?

          • DRO

            No I would not say that, it isnt that cut and dry. But, Joey has been caught twice now and said he wouldn’t do it again after the first one…liar. He is a Senator, should be setting an example for others…bad example. He has put himself out there as someone who holds life in the highest regard, yet drives drunk…with a passenger….with others on the roads. So he is a hypocrite plus now we find out that he wasn’t upfront about the entire debacle in that his passenger was arrested for paraphernalia. If its not a big deal, then why not be upfront? So what else do we not know? What other secrets is Joey hiding? Is he really proving himself to be reliable? This is horrible leadership on display, which is more about his character than the intricacies of the particular LAW(S) that he broke.

          • Rick Melbye

            It doesn’t appear he’ll be stepping down any time soon. Sounds like a real bad guy, maybe you should recall him?

          • DRO

            Bad guy and unfit for office are not necessarily synonymous terms. Being a good guy or gal is only one part of qualification for holding office, not the be all-end all.

    • Clairvoyant

      I’m a Republican and I say this guy needs to go. Don’t trust him and I think that there is more to the story that Miller isn’t letting on. Was he also tested for dope? Didn’t think so.

    • guest

      You know you’ve cracked something serious upstairs when you jump from a state Senator’s pot smoking passenger to Benghazi. You do realize how unhinged you sound, don’t you?…. but you forgot Fast and Furious :(

      • whowon

        not unhinged “guest”, liberals never like facts though. Unhinged are the fools already screaming “Ready for Hillary!” They want this horrible person as our next President, that is seriously unhinged. Guess they are tired of the weasel in charge now. Asking them why they are 100% behind Hillary, no answer other then she is a women.

        • guest

          ….and what does this have to with Joe Miller’s weed friend. It seems like you definitely are unhinged. You must go to a lot of weird clubs if you’re constantly hearing people screaming “Ready For Hillary”. I know this is the only place you have to go and vent your hatred for Hillary, or Ted Kennedy or Obama. Well probably the only place anyone will listen to you ramble, but seriously, what does Joe Miller’s sweet hookup have to do with Benghazi? You’ve got too much time on your hands. Seriously, your avatar is a cartoon of Obama looking elitist, you love him so much, you want it on every post you make. I think I should get one with Hitler looking charitable.

          • mickey_moussaoui

            Handiwipe, how’s it going? I thought you were still in hiding. How’s the boss, Geoffrey Lilien ? BTW, what the hell was Salt Water Sanity all about? Dorky name for a biz

          • guest

            ??? Do you think I’m your old college buddy or something? I know there’s only about 5 people who post here, but I assure you I’m not one of the regulars since you seem to think I am. I appreciate the friendly greeting however. Why don’t you come over and f**k my sister?……. Imagine just for a second that you’ve responded to a comment assuming that you personally know the commentor, then imagine you’re actually mistaken and you’re using a nickname to reference a person that you’re not actually talking to. Then imagine how insular that makes you seem to anyone outside of your circle of 2 friends. Just a thought to ponder.

          • mickey_moussaoui

            You both have the same vitriol. Imagine if anyone gave a flip what you thought.
            Ponder that

          • whowon

            club that is Ready for Hillary? Nope, just a group of idiot sheep on FB. You are probably one of the fans! Good luck with that.

        • guest #2

          Funny, but you’re just like the sheep who think that getting Republicans back into to power are a solution. You stare blindly into space smirking while, masturbating and drooling over the prospect of delusional nirvana. Good luck with that.

          • whowon

            not at all, I want a few good people to show up, the John McCain’s are as bad as King O and Hillary.

      • sbark

        That is right out of Alsinky’s rules……….make the GOP uphold themselves to their standards and code of conduct………….but have no rules of conduct, forget the Rule of Law………and thus don’t expect the Liberals or their politicians to be held to any standard of a civilized society……..and thus be free of critisim when they ignore the rules and laws.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Ol’ Chappy… we sure miss him!

      • mickey_moussaoui

        I bet Kennedy is still drunk

        • RCND

          He was embalmed in Scotch so he could achieve his lifelong goal of being at 100% BAH

          • two_amber_lamps

            Makes you wonder… if he and Mary Jo Kopechne met in the hereafter… does she bear him malice? Though I suppose that’s only possible if Mary went to hell too….

      • whowon

        Makes better sense then Diane Lane. The left s really getting desperate, NBC and CNN trying to do pieces on Hillary like they can fool people anymore? Bill will want to play himself with Diane Lane for sure.

  • Camburn

    Not only was he driving drunk but he had a passenger with him???????????

    There are no proper words to ………offffffffta.

  • guest

    im not a constituent of his…however my feel sorry meter is flashing zero now. He is not mature enough to be in the state senate. Not gonna sell that he didnt know this guy’s MO.

  • Matthew Hawkins

    Possession of drug paraphernalia is a stupid crime.

    Maybe I collect water pipes because I admire the craftsmanship. Either you have illegal drugs on you or you don’t.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Not excusing anyone, but I think you’re right about drug paraphernalia.

      The other one that got me – and I don’t think North Dakota has this law on the books but other places do because I saw it on COPS – is the burglary paraphernalia charge.

      So, if I have a hammer and a crow bar in my trunk, I’m guilty of burglary paraphernalia?

      Ridiculous.

      • RCND

        Honest officer… I’m a self employed handyman

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Was obama the passenger? He likes his choom

    • sbark

      ………..if Obama had a son………so did Travon

  • SethO

    DUI is bad, but why punish him for being a friend/employer/carpooler someone that uses drugs? I have a couple friends that have at times had problems with drugs and I didnt toss them out of my life like a bag of moldy tangerines. I certainly don’t think that my reputation should come into question if they got into trouble nor should i be expected to strip search everyone that wants to ride with me in my car.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Nobody is punishing him. The facts are being reported.

      If a public official is involved in a criminal incident, the public deserves to know all the facts of the incident.

  • DRO

    Wow, everybody got sidetracked here. The point is, these are details that Joey held from the public. Why was he not upfront about the drug thing to start with? What else don’t we know? What’s the rest of the story? A lot of bad judgement and decision making going on here. I am ashamed to have this type of representation in my district.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I agree that Miller should have come clean about this part right away. He didn’t hide it, nobody asked, but he didn’t offer it up either.

      He had to know it would come out.

  • Camburn

    The excuse that because Democrats drive drunk it is ok for Republicans to drive drunk??????? Give me a break.

    It is NOT ok to drive drunk. Not only once but twice?

    And I would like to know what banquet he was in such a hurry to get to at 2 in the morning.

    This behavior shows in his legislative accomplishments……which are zip.

    He might has well have gone to Zap for all that was accomplished.

    He does NOT serve Dist 10 well.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      The excuse that because Democrats drive drunk it is ok for Republicans to drive drunk??????? Give me a break.

      Well, I’d turn that around on you. If a Republican has to resign because of DUI chages, shouldn’t we hold a Democrat to that same standard?

      Boschee gets a pass…why exactly?

  • DCM

    Ok, so when I give a person who I know, as an employee, a ride, I am to pat him/her down before they get into my vehicle. Every time, that they get into my vehicle. And what exactly is the pipe, are they not sold in stores? So the fact the guy had a pipe on him, it becomes the Senator’s responsibility to report this to the press? So now that means the passenger has no privacy either. The Senator is a public figure, but now I guess it means private citizens riding in his car become public figures also.

    • Guest

      If you’ve ever had a lengthy conversation with Sen. Miller, you would come away with the impression that he probably did know about the paraphernalia AND he has probably passed the pipe with this guy on multiple occasions.

      • Clairvoyant

        Have to admit it would be interesting seeing this case tried with Sen. Miller’s attorney explaining that his “client is innocent” because he would have had to put his beer down and reach over and take a hit from the pipe.

        Our standards have been driven so far into the toilet, that this nation is not even recognizable anymore. Yet, sheep still keep electing Democrats and Republicans.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      It’s a public record.

      And yes, if you get arrested along side a public official for drug charges, that’s news.

  • boon

    What ever happened to being a good role model? I mean seriously – if you’re going to hold a public office don’t you think you should be held to a higher standard? For example – if a teacher was in this same situation they would be either fired or asked to resign. So maybe Miller doesn’t work with children – but he’s still a public figure and works for children. Why do we put up with this crap? Sure, people are people and we all make mistakes, but really – if you’re going to be working for the public have some morals and standards. I’m tired of having these jerks be public officials. Get a grip, get some help, get your crap together or get another job.

    • DRO

      Amen

  • Ratbite

    Gee I’d better mind my P’s & Q’s when I go fishing cuz I’m always carrying what could be called “drug paraphernalia.” I’ve got weights with an alligator(ROACH)clip.Also I have a hypodermic syringe that I use for inflating worms or night crawlers & injecting water into freeze dried baits. I’m not sure what else I might have in my tackle box that’s “drug paraphernalia.”

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