PARK RIVER (AP) - A state senator from northeastern North Dakota said he's contemplating his political future after a second alcohol-related arrest.
"I haven't thought things through yet," Joe Miller, R-Park River, told The Associated Press Tuesday. "I'll make a decision in about a week."
Miller, 30, was charged June 25 with speeding, having an open container of alcohol and being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while over the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08.
Miller, a farmer, said he was returning from a banquet when he was stopped by a Walsh County Sheriff's Department deputy at about 12:30 a.m. Miller called his actions "foolish."
He faces up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. He's due in court on June 22.
Miller also was charged with drunken driving in 2007 but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving and having an open container. He was given a suspended 20-day jail sentence and fined $500.
Miller, who has been in the Senate since 2009, supported legislation this year aimed at strengthening penalties for drunken driving in North Dakota. The new law that went into effect on Monday requires jail time or community service work for first-time DUI offenders who have a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent, or twice the state's legal limit.
The law also requires mandatory participation in the so-called 24/7 sobriety program for repeat offenders. A second DUI arrest requires a minimum sentence of 10 days in jail.