Mandan, N.D. - Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger was arrested for a DUI September 30th in Morton County.
Rauschenberger was charged with “driving under the influence of intoxicating liquors,” a Class B misdemeanor.
He was arrested Sept. 30th, but was not charged until October 6th.
He’ll make an initial court appearance Oct. 31st, according to court records.
Today, Rauschenberger released the following statement:
“On the evening of September 30th at 10:30 pm, I was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) on the Expressway in Mandan.
“As most people know, I have been in treatment for my addiction to alcohol for the last three years. That Saturday night, I made a very bad decision to drink and then compounded the negative consequences of my decision by driving while under the influence.
“I apologize and accept full responsibility for my actions, and will be pleading guilty to the charge. I regret putting myself and the public at risk and have taken immediate steps to put my life and health back on track including going back into treatment with a new counselor. I am grateful to my family and friends who have supported me as I have dealt with the challenges of my addiction.
“I have learned the hard way that it is when you feel like things are going well and you might have beaten the problem that you are at the greatest risk. It is easy then to let your guard down and stop doing the very things that helped you get better in the first place. That is when you are most likely to stumble.”
Rauschenberger went to rehab in 2014 for a previous incident involving alcohol.