UPDATE: NDHP says Kirsten Baesler refused blood and breath tests after being arrested for DUI

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MANDAN, ND - Sgt. Wade Kadrmas with the North Dakota Highway Patrol says a tooper pulled over Kirsten Baesler on I-94 after observing erratic driving around 9: 45 p.m. Wednesday night.

The trooper smelled alcohol and observed behavior consistent with alcohol consumption while talking to Baesler during the stop.

Baesler was arrested for driving under the influence and cited for care required.

According to Sgt. Kadrmas, Baesler refused blood and breath tests at the Burleigh-Morton Detention Center.

Burleigh County Sheriff Kelly Leben says Baesler was processed at the Burleigh-Morton Detention Center.

She was released to a responsible party on a promise to appear and no mug shot was taken.


Gov. Doug Burgum released this statement Thursday: “We support Kirsten’s plans to seek help and focus on her health.”


UPDATE (8:15 AM): North Dakota state school superintendent Kirsten Baesler has released the following statement:


BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 27, 2020 – North Dakota state school superintendent Kirsten Baesler made this statement in response to her arrest Wednesday night for driving under the influence:

“I made a serious mistake last night. I let down my team at the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. I let my family down. I let myself down. I am deeply sorry for my actions.

I am going to learn from this, seek help, and focus on my well-being and health.”


Lieutenant Steve Fischer of the North Dakota Highway Patrol says North Dakota State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler was arrested around 10 pm Wednesday night on Memorial Highway in Mandan for driving under the influence.

NDHP would not comment on Baesler's blood alcohol content. Charges are pending.

Baesler was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in November 2012.