GOP Rep Nico Rios Dodges Jail After DUI Arrest Homophobic Rant
North Dakota Republican representative Nico Rios, embroiled in controversy over a DUI arrest featuring homophobic slurs, has managed to escape jail time, according to recent court records.
Instead, the 35-year-old politician was handed a year of unsupervised probation and a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to drunk driving on January 8.
Controversial DUI Arrest: Rios’s Homophobic Rant During Encounter with Police
Caught swerving during a DUI stop on December 15, Nico Rios faced calls for his resignation as footage of the arrest surfaced.
The freshman lawmaker out of Williston, North Dakota, was seen spewing homophobic slurs and mocking an English cop’s accent in a video of the encounter.
Despite public outrage and demands for his swift removal, Rios expressed no intention to resign.
Sentencing Outcome: Unsupervised Probation and Fine for Rios
Nico Rios, facing public scrutiny, was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to drunk driving.
The court’s decision, while avoiding incarceration, has raised eyebrows given the severity of the allegations and the controversial nature of the arrest video.
Homophobic Rant Details: Xenophobic Remarks During DUI Stop
In the now-viral footage of the DUI stop, Rios is heard hurling homophobic slurs and launching a xenophobic rant against an English-born officer.
The video captures Rios questioning the officer about being English, criticizing immigration issues, and erroneously claiming that England is ‘overrun by migrants.’ The officer opts to remain silent during the racist tirade.
Party Pressure and Calls for Resignation: Rios Faces Continued Criticism
Despite escaping jail time, Rios faces persistent calls from within his party to resign. Republican House Majority Leader Mike Lefor removed him from the Legislature’s interim Judiciary Committee, citing fairness concerns with law enforcement officers testifying before a committee featuring Rios.
The GOP lawmaker, however, has not indicated any plans to step down.
Future Considerations: Rios “Seriously Mulling” Options Amid Party Pressure
Acknowledging the need for help with alcoholism, Rios stated that he is “seriously mulling all aspects” of his future but has not committed to resignation.
The legislator expressed regret for his actions, terming them a “mistake” and apologized to the people of his district, though no apology was extended to the officer he verbally attacked during the arrest.
Party Dynamics and Public Sentiment: GOP Struggles with Rios’s Continued Presence
As a member of the GOP, Rios’s controversial actions have stirred debates within the party. Last week, he was removed from the Judiciary Committee, reflecting the party’s acknowledgment of the sensitivity surrounding his involvement.
Despite efforts to move past the case, Rios remains under scrutiny, leaving the future of his political career uncertain.**Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn