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Idaho Senator Charged With DUI

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Senator Mike Crapo mugshot

Mugshot of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, courtesy Alexandria, VA, police department.

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been charged with driving under the influence, police said, as Rosalind S. Helderman reports for The Washington Post blog Post Politics. The Republican senator, 61, was stopped by an officer at 12:45 a.m. on Sunday in Alexandria, Virginia, after running a red light, Helderman writes in an article that was contributed to by Martin Weil.

Crapo was taken into custody after failing several field sobriety tests, police said. He was alone in his car at the time.

Police said Crapo’s blood alcohol level was later measured at .110, Helderman writes, noting that it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level higher than .08. Driving under the influence is a misdemeanor in Virginia, Helderman writes.

In an article appearing on MercuryNews.com, the Associated Press (AP) quotes police spokeswoman Jody Donaldson as saying: “There was no refusal (to take blood alcohol tests), no accident, no injuries. Just a traffic stop that resulted in a DUI.” Crapo was released on $1,000 bond and will appear in court on Jan. 4.

AP writes:

In Virginia, the driver’s license of anyone who registers a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher is automatically suspended for seven days. A first-time conviction for DUI carries a mandatory, minimum $250 fine and license revocation for one year, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Helderman reports that in a statement, Crapo, who is serving his third term in the Senate, said:

I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance. I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, my Idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me. 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.

AP writes that Crapo is a social and fiscal conservative who has said he does not drink because of his Mormon faith. Crapo is expected to take over the top Republican spot next year on the Senate Banking Committee, AP writes. He was named a bishop in the Mormon church at age 31, and is an attorney who graduated from Brigham Young University and Harvard Law School.

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