Rep. Scott Louser, R-Minot, has pled not responsible to driving underneath the affect, based on courtroom paperwork filed Wednesday in South Central District Courtroom in Bismarck.
A Might 12 preliminary listening to has been waived and a misdemeanor jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 27.
Louser, 49, had been driving a 2021 Cadillac Escalade when he was pulled over after crossing from Mandan into Bismarck shortly earlier than 1 a.m. on Friday, April 16. A North Dakota Freeway Patrol officer noticed his car weaving partially into neighboring lanes, based on a possible trigger affidavit.
Touring with Louser as a passenger in his car was Katie Winbauer, a College of North Dakota legislation pupil who has been taking part in a legislative internship program. The trooper allowed Louser to seek the advice of privately for authorized recommendation from Winbauer, and after session, Louser agreed to a breath check, which was administered on the Burleigh Morton County Detention Heart.
The breath check positioned Louser’s blood alcohol degree at .117. The authorized restrict is under .08. Louser reported having had three drinks, based on the affidavit.
Via his legal professional, Justin Vinje of Bismarck, Louser is requesting all written paperwork and recordings held by the prosecution which may be used as proof within the case. Courtroom information present only one earlier site visitors violation associated to car registration, for which he paid a $20 high quality in February 2020.
A primary DUI offense is a Class B misdemeanor, topic to 30 days in jail and/or a $1,500 high quality.
Louser, who served as Home assistant majority chief this session, publicly apologized instantly after the April 16 incident and indicated he would search an analysis.
“Lastly, as I work to rebuild any misplaced belief, I wish to be certain that one thing like this can by no means occur once more,” he had acknowledged.
District 5 Republican Chairman David Aas stated he doesn’t anticipate the matter to be addressed on the district’s reorganizational assembly Might 6.
“There’s been a number of different situations of comparable sorts of stumbles by legislators over time on this space and statewide. I feel we have to have some compassion for Rep. Louser and provide him our prayers that issues are going to get higher,” Aas stated. “I do know that he feels actually crushed by the occasions that occurred. He’s apologized. He’s expressed his regret.”
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