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Forum News Service, Published July 22 2013

ND state senator pleads guilty in drunken driving case

GRAFTON, N.D. ā€” North Dakota Sen. Joe Miller, R-Park River, pleaded guilty to alcohol-related driving charges Monday in state district court here.

He waived his right to trial, he said, because he knows he should not have been drinking and driving.

But Miller has no plans to resign before his term ends in 2016. ā€œI think Iā€™m very much capable of still being an effective legislator,ā€ he said.

Miller, 30, was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. June 21 for speeding near Park River, and the police officer found some beer cans in his car. His blood-alcohol content was 0.13 percent, according to court officials.

He admitted he had about eight beers.

Miller was charged 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.