Sen. arrested for DUI said he drank vodka shots

December 26, 2012

U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo (R-Idaho) ran a red light in Alexandria, and told a police officer who pulled him over that he had “consumed several shots of vodka,” according to court documents that detail Crapo’s drunk driving arrest earlier this week.

Crapo was arrested early Sunday morning after making a left turn on a red light at Commonwealth and Mt. Vernon avenues Ave., documents show. He was alone in his white Jeep SUV.

“When I spoke with the driver I immediately detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, which became stronger as he spoke,” the arresting officer wrote.

Crapo said he drank the vodka hours earlier, and hadn’t had anything to drink since, documents show.

Crapo failed a field sobriety test and agreed to take a breath test, which resulted in a level of .11, exceeding Virginia’s legal limit of .08, according to the documents.

He is due to appear in Alexandria General District Court at 9 a.m. January 4 .

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