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.

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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