U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo charged with DUI in Alexandria

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U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo was charged in Alexandria with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

The Idaho Republican's personal vehicle was pulled over at Hume Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue early Sunday morning, after an officer noticed the car go through a red light. Crapo, 61, then failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested, according to Alexandria police. He was released from the Alexandria Adult Detention Center on a $1,000 bond and has a Jan. 4. court date.

The senator's blood-alcohol content was 0.11, above the legal limit of 0.08, police said. There were no passengers in the vehicle at the time of the arrest.

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

A Mormon who was first elected to the Senate in 1998, Crapo has previously told The Associated Press that he abstains from drinking alcohol.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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