Idaho senator charged with DUI

December 23, 2012

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) was charged with driving under the influence in Alexandria Sunday, police said. Crapo, in a statement acknowledged the incident and apologized for it.

According to the statement released by his office, Crapo was initially pulled over by Alexandria police for running a red light. He was subsequently also charged with driving under the influence, a misdemeanor in Virginia.

Crapo was released on $1,000 bond and will appear in court on Jan. 4.

According to Alexandria police, Crapo, 61, was stopped by an officer at 12:45 a.m. after running a red light at Hume Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue. He was taken into custody after failing several field sobriety tests, police said. They indicated his blood alcohol level was later measured at .110 -- it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level above .08. Police said he was alone in his own car at the time of his arrest.

"“I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance," Crapo said in the statement.

"I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, my Idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me," he said. "I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter. I will also undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated. “

Crapo is serving his third term in the Senate.

Martin Weil contributed to this report.

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