Crapo won’t fight DUI charge

December 28, 2012

The AP reports that Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) won't contest charges of drunken driving when he appears in court in January. 

Crapo was arrested early Sunday morning. He 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.

While police have said that Crapo took a breath test resulting in a blood alcohol level of .11, the AP adds that the senator later took a second jailhouse breath test that registered a level of 0.14. Virginia’s legal limit is .08. 

Crapo was released on $1,000 bond and will appear in court Jan. 4. He has apologized in a statement, saying, “I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter." 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Washington Post · December 28, 2012