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Sen. Crapo Pleads Guilty to DUI Charge in Alexandria Court

Republican lawmaker from Idaho was arrested in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood Dec. 23 when he was spotted running a red light by a local police officer.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA -- Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho pleaded guilty to a driving under the influence charge in court Friday morning in Virginia.

He was fined $250 and his driver’s license was suspended for one year, according to Politico. Prosecutors dropped a charge of failing to obey a traffic signal. The DUI charge is a misdemeanor in Virginia.

The Republican lawmaker also must participate in a program on alcohol safety. He will not have to serve a 180-day jail sentence if he has good behavior.

After the hearing Friday, Crapo said outside the Alexandria City courthouse that he had been drinking a vodka and tonic at home the night of the arrest, but couldn't sleep and so went out for a drive, according to AP.

Crapo was not expected to contest the charges stemming from his arrest on Dec. 23 in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood.

According to Crapo’s official biography he is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which prohibits alcohol consumption among members.

NoBS January 04, 2013 at 06:25 PM
He should have shut up. He was probably drinking with a mistress or something similarly embarrassing.
arnie January 04, 2013 at 06:30 PM
This is why you will not have stiffer penalties for drunk drivers. Most politicians drive drunk and don't want to cut their own throats.
A.KATZ January 04, 2013 at 06:34 PM
LET THE VOTERS DECIDE NOT ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE READY TO KILL SOMEONE
Lee Hernly January 04, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Please remind us what former APD Police Chief David Baker was doing in Arlington when he was arrested?
Wayne Porell January 04, 2013 at 06:53 PM
If you commit a crime your ass should be thrwon out of office. Oh wait 90% of all politicians would be thrown out of office. Crooks, thieves and liers....
Mark Dyson January 04, 2013 at 07:44 PM
I thought his first name was "Fulla"
NoBS January 04, 2013 at 07:50 PM
The WaPo reports that he had consumed vodka at his home on the Hill and then couldn't sleep so he "went out for a drive." I call BS. Who was he visiting in or around DelRay or the rest of Alexandria?
Juan January 04, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Idaho ?.... shades of Sen. Larry Craig ?....just saying.....
Lee Hernly January 04, 2013 at 08:17 PM
And Democrats are so squeaky clean eh Juan? http://www.capitolhillblue.com/Aug1999/081799/criminalclass2-081799.htm
JC January 04, 2013 at 08:36 PM
How many people are killed by drunk drivers every year, yet it is a misdemeanor? $250 fine? But if Joe Citizen was smoking a joint, OMG, $5000 bail, jail time, etc. What a bunch of hypocrits!
Duncan More January 04, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Let's see if I got this correct. Drinking violates his church law. Drinking and driving violates civil law. Just wanted to make sure.
James Weaver January 04, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Crapo........perfect name for a republican Senator. LOL Cheers Crapo! Don't bother to run next election cycle. *HIC*
Glenn Spoman January 04, 2013 at 09:58 PM
with a name like Crapo ,I'd be drivin drunk too - I wonder what he said when he saw the redand blue flashin lites behind him-"crap" ?
Glenn Spoman January 04, 2013 at 09:59 PM
oh with that Jerry manderin goin on ,he almost a shue in
Glenn Spoman January 04, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I liken to this site myself "Lee Hernly " http://dkosopedia.com/wiki/Republican_Sex_Scandals
Lance Powers January 04, 2013 at 10:26 PM
How does one gerrymander a state-wide senatorial election?
Glenn Spoman January 04, 2013 at 11:29 PM
both of which he's willin to break providin you're buyin
B. W. Tungseth January 05, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Thank you sir, for my Saturday morning laugh! I damn near spilled my coffee....
B. W. Tungseth January 05, 2013 at 12:47 PM
I think they like airport bathrooms too.......
B. W. Tungseth January 05, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Yep, and in America where more and more prisions are private business, you`d find a good stiff sentance for those pesky pot smokers!
OT insider January 05, 2013 at 02:54 PM
According to the Post, he "drank vodka tonics alone in his Capitol Hill apartment on the night of Dec. 22, climbed into a 1999 white Jeep and took a half-hour drive past the monuments and into Alexandria". http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sen-mike-crapo-pleads-guilty-to-drunken-driving/2013/01/04/c559b4ac-56ae-11e2-bf3e-76c0a789346f_story.html?hpid=z3 How do you "drive past the monuments" and wind up at Mt Vernon and Hume in Del Ray? You are right Raine there is a lot more to this story than what is being reported.
arnie January 05, 2013 at 04:29 PM
That's because he doing what politicians do best, HE IS LYING.
arnie January 05, 2013 at 04:31 PM
answer to Raine, That is because he is doing what politicians do best, HE IS LYING.
Lee Hernly January 05, 2013 at 08:16 PM
And how many of those were a U.S. Senator who murdered a woman? http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/questions-remain-40-years-later/article1223202/ Sadly, Mary Jo Kopechne couldn't be reached for comment.
McBrinn January 05, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Wow. That's the best he came up with? What a lying piece of sh*t. Drew, please, dig deeper and ind out what he's up to. With such a speedy plea, he's obviously trying to bury this thing before the real truth is uncovered.
OT insider January 06, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Completely agree. I suspect that if the press responsibly investigates this they will find an iceberg of hypocrisy here.
OT insider January 06, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Sad that you're so focused on something (Chappaquiddick) that happened when most of us weren't even alive and has nothing to do with a right-wing teetotaler getting caught driving drunk (TODAY in our city) without a believable reason for driving where he was pulled over. Can you please stay on topic and offer anything of value to the discussion? (I’m guessing not).
Lee Hernly January 06, 2013 at 02:31 PM
NOt 'so focused' on anything OT just pointing out that Sen. Crapo deserves kudos for taking responsibility for his actions much like Congressman Kennedy (D) did when he was arrested for DUI. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/13/AR2006061300627.html
Mike Young January 06, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Sunday morning , I just fell out of my chair laughing with my cup of tea !
OT insider January 07, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Yeah, I thought so... This guy doesn't deserve "kudos" for anything. He hasn't apologized to the citizens of DC, Alexandria, and (probably) Arlington for putting our lives in danger because of his reckless behavior. And I think that we all know that he is very likely covering up stuff that would further tarnish his moral facade.

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