Sen. Michael Crapo from Idaho has been charged with DUI, with a blood alcohol content of .11%.
The conservative U.S. senator, a three-term Republican with a reputation as a fiscal conservative, who also said he doesn’t drink because of his Mormon faith, was charged Sunday, December 23rd, with drunken driving in the suburb of Alexandria south of Washington, D.C. Hours after the arrest the 61-years-old lawmaker apologized in a statement.
“I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance,” Crapo said in the statement Sunday night. “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.”
According to the police, Crapo was stopped after his vehicle ran a red light. After he failed the sobriety tests he was arrested at about 12:45 and taken to the Alexandria jail from where he was released at about 5:00 a.m. on an unsecured $1,000 bond. The legal blood alcohol limit in Virginia is .08%, but Crapo had a level of .11%. According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, a first-time conviction for DUI carries a license revocation for 1 year and a minimum $250 fine.