Fargo lawmaker arrested for DUI

2013-11-20T14:51:00Z Fargo lawmaker arrested for DUIBy NICK SMITH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

A North Dakota legislator from Fargo was arrested Monday night for driving under the influence.

Democratic Rep. Scot Kelsh was pulled over on Interstate 29 shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday in Fargo.

“Mr. Kelsh was stopped … and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence,” said Sgt. Troy Hischer of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Hischer said Kelsh was northbound on I-29 heading toward the Main Avenue exit in Fargo at the time of his being stopped.

Kelsh voted for a tougher DUI law earlier this year during the legislative session that increased fines and penalties for each offense.

A first offense is a Class B misdemeanor and penalties include a $500 fine, $250 in court fees and license suspension for between 91 and 180 days. Kelsh is the first North Dakota lawmaker to be subject to the more stringent DUI law, which went into effect July 1.

Messages left by the Tribune at Kelsh’s home and cellphone as well as an email message for comment were unreturned Wednesday afternoon.

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party Executive Director Chad Oban said the incident is both a personal and legal matter and the party had no comment at this time.

Kelsh, 51, serves District 11 in Fargo and was first elected to office in 1996. He is up for election in 2014.

Reach Nick Smith at 250-8255 or 223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.

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