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Published November 20, 2013, 10:32 PM

Fargo legislator arrested on DUI charges

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A North Dakota state legislator, who voted for stricter drunk driving laws, has been arrested on DUI charges.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A North Dakota state legislator, who voted for stricter drunk driving laws, has been arrested on DUI charges.

Representative Scot Kelsh, a Democrat from Fargo, isn't the first state lawmaker to be arrested since the new laws were passed.

Kelsh was arrested Monday night on I-29 near the Main Avenue exit by the North Dakota State Highway Patrol.

He has been in the state legislature since 1996.

This is Kelsh back in January, speaking at an event pushing for stricter drunk driving laws:

Rep. Scot Kelsh/(D) Fargo: "It's a very stirring reminder that this is bad, and it's a problem we really have to address."

He is standing next to the Deutscher vehicle, a family of three killed by a drunk driver near Jamestown in 2012.

Kelsh ultimately voted for more stringent laws, which went into effect July 1st.

People calling in to the Jay Thomas Show on WDAY AM radio this Wednesday were mixed on whether the arrest means he should resign.

"I think he should lose his job. Because, with leadership comes responsibility." "I think the expectations are a little bit higher, I just don't think I would boot him out of office." "If you're going to pass laws, set an example. If you're not going to set an example, you have no business passing laws."

We reached out to Kelsh for comment today, but our phone calls were not returned.

Senator Joe Miller, a Republican from Park River, was also arrested for DUI back in June.

He also supported the tougher DUI laws.

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