Williston lawmaker who berated police pleads guilty, fined

January 25, 2024
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The Williston lawmaker who berated police during a December drunk driving arrest has been sentenced to pay $1,050 in fines.

Nico Rios, a Republican member of the House, pleaded guilty Jan. 8 to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge, court records show.

He received a suspended jail sentence of 10 days and one year of unsupervised probation.

North Dakota Republican leaders have called on Rios to resign after police bodycam video showed the freshman lawmaker used homophobic and racist language while berating police during a Dec. 15 traffic stop.

Rios has not resigned, prompting House Majority Leader Mike Lefor to remove him from the interim Judiciary Committee. District 23 GOP leaders have also called for the resignation and begun investigating the process of a recall.

Rios also pleaded guilty to having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. A charge for refusing to provide a chemical test was dismissed.

Rios did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

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