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Updated: U.S. Senator Arrested for DUI in Del Ray

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) was pulled over early Sunday morning.

10:40 p.m. update — According to a release from the Alexandria Police Department, Sen. Mike Crapo's blood alcohol content was .110. He failed multiple sobriety tests and was alone in his personal vehicle at the time of his arrest. 

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9:46 p.m. update — Sen. Mike Crapo apologized for his actions in a statement published on Politico.

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

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NORTHERN VIRGINIA — U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) was arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Sunday morning in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

Crapo was pulled over near the corner of Mount Vernon and Hume avenues after an Alexandria police officer on routine patrol noticed the senator’s vehicle run a red light. Crapo was arrested at 12:45 a.m. and taken into custody “without incident,” according to a police spokesperson.

Crapo was then transported to the city’s Adult Detention Center and later released on an unsecured $1,000 bond.

Crapo's press secretary declined to comment.

The senior senator from Idaho is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 4.

It has been expected Crapo would take over the top Republican spot next year on the Senate Banking Committee. 

Crapo is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which prohibits consuming alcohol.

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NoBS December 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I don't feel the least bit sad but whatever. You're entitled to your interpretation. When you start talking about me rather than focus on the facts, I know I'm right. I wasn't the one who ran on a platform of religious conservatism and lied to consituents. Frankly, I don't think a DUI is necessarily grounds for Crapo to resign, but if he lied about who and what he is, his constituents might demand it. If he has a drinking problem, I hope he gets professional help. If this was a one time stupid mistake, all he needs to do is own up to it. If there is more to the story, I'm sure some enterprising reporter will dig it up. Bottom line - Crapo has been exposed as a hypocrite. No one did it to him. He did it to himself.
tw December 25, 2012 at 03:48 PM
notably he did not apologize to residents and visitors to del ray who he endangered with his drunken careless actions
OT insider December 26, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Gail is just stating facts. Fox News says pretty much exactly the same thing: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/24/us-senator-from-idaho-facing-dui-charge-cultivated-reputation-as-teetotaling/
McBrinn December 26, 2012 at 02:19 PM
What a lying POS.
H.W. Duncan February 01, 2013 at 12:12 AM
We all make mistakes, and even if we're not religious, I'm sure we all do things against our personal code of conduct. As one of Senator Crapo's constituents, I am grateful for the work he's done and willing to forgive him. Did he make a mistake? Definitely. I hope he gets his personal life in order so he can continue working to straighten up the mess in DC. He's been valiant in promoting solutions that make sense and been on several bi-partisan committees to do so. He has thus far been extremely loyal to those who voted him into office, despite his lapse of loyalty to his personal code of conduct, which while disappointing is forgivable. While I don't believe people can long be loyal to others without being loyal to what they believe, I also know humans are imperfect and can learn from their mistakes. I have full confidence that Senator Crapo will make his best effort to do so.

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