BISMARCK — North Dakota Rep. Scott Louser's vehicle repeatedly strayed from its lane on the expressway before the lawmaker was pulled over and arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the Highway Patrol trooper who stopped him between Bismarck and Mandan.
Louser, a Minot Republican and the assistant majority leader in the House of Representatives, smelled like alcohol during the stop just before 1 a.m. on Friday, April 16, the unnamed trooper observed in a report provided by patrol spokesman Sgt. Wade Kadrmas.
The lawmaker cooperated with the trooper and took a field sobriety test before being arrested and taken to the Burleigh Morton Detention Center for a breath test, according to the report. Louser was later released with a promise-to-appear bond.
It appears the Burleigh County State's Attorney's Office, which did not respond to a request for comment, had not yet filed charges against Louser by Tuesday afternoon. Authorities have not released the lawmaker's blood alcohol content following the arrest.
Louser released a statement Saturday announcing that he was cited for drunken driving, noting that he wanted to be transparent and accountable regarding the incident.
"I have begun taking what I believe to be the necessary next steps including an evaluation process. I want to apologize to those close to me, the residents of District 5, my colleagues in the state Capitol and to so many others for any disappointment this may have caused," Louser said in the statement released to Forum columnist Rob Port. "Finally, as I work to rebuild any lost trust, I want to ensure that something like this will never happen again."
Louser, a real estate agent, has been in the House for a decade and won his last bid for reelection in 2018 by a landslide margin.