North Dakota tax commissioner taken to jail to detox

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger was jailed after Bismarck police responded to a disturbance at a local hotel and found that Rauschenberger was too drunk to take care of himself.

Police say the 38-year-old Rauschenberger, who has a history of alcohol problems, was waiting to check into a clean room when he entered a room that wasn’t cleaned, shut the door and refused to answer cleaning staff.

A police report says officers found him “passed out, face down on the bed.”

Rauschenberger, a Republican, has been tax commissioner for the past seven years. He did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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