Idaho senator will not contest Virginia DUI charge
December 29th, 2012
11:40 AM ET
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Idaho senator will not contest Virginia DUI charge

(CNN) - Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, will not contest the charge that he was driving under the influence early last Sunday at his January court appearance, his spokesman said.

Spokesman Lindsay Nothern acknowledged that the results of a blood alcohol test conducted at a detention center differed from those at the time of his roadside arrest, but he was not certain why the levels differed.

Results of the detention center breathalyzer test were not immediately available.

Police in the Washington suburb of Alexandria said Crapo was arrested on suspicion of DUI early last Sunday after running a red light. The initial test showed his blood alcohol level was .110.

"Sen. Crapo was identified as the driver and arrested after failing several field sobriety tests," police spokesman Jody Donaldson said in a statement last week. "He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Alexandria Adult Detention Center where he was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond."

Virginia law stipulates a $250 fine and license suspension for one year for a blood alcohol level of .080 to .140, with increased penalties for higher levels or repeat offenses.

Crapo has not spoken about the circumstances surrounding the incident but said in a statement from his office last week: "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."

Crapo is set to appear in court on January 4, the day after he and other legislators are sworn in as members of the 113th Congress.

He has represented Idaho in the Senate since 1999. Before that, he was in the U.S. House of Representatives for six years. He was re-elected in 2010 with 71% of the vote. He's a member of the Senate's "Gang of 8."

Crapo is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which prohibits the use of alcohol among its members.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Ken

    Yet another guy who thinks that his religion should be enforced by the government against me, even though he doesn't follow it himself.

    December 29, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Teron

    Follow What I say and not what I do. Dishonesty is the worst disease that can be very dangerous. When you point a finger to someone, remember the other four fingers points back to you.

    December 29, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Good! Happy to see he is not going to make a silly media show of this. Now. Throw him out of office immediately. Do not wait for election--HE IS GONE. That is what would happen to me at my job. Oh, and by the way, I am a Dem, and I do work and pay taxes, have since I started a paper route when I was 12.

    December 29, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Doen't he look like he is drunk?

    December 29, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Ok ,
    Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho , a non drinking Mormon who avoided volunteering for military service ?

    A true Romney Supporter !

    Maybe the fiscal cliff made him go get drunk .

    December 29, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Name lynn

    you telling the world thats its ok for a senate to drive under an dui an not get charge in court but if the people drive while dui we get a thousands of tickets and put under jail thats the law an you peoples giving this man a hand shake what the heck

    December 29, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. batjones

    I was initially ready to criticize Senator Crapo for his hypocrisy in not abstaining from strong drink. However, it is my understanding that in recent years the Church of Latter Day Saints has been more permissive of imbibing alcoholic beverages. This may be due to the economic wealth that Mormon strongholds throughout Idaho and Utah gain from the production of barley which is used in creating beer and other spirits. It appears that the Alexandria legal system will treat Senator Crapo without bias, so I will not have no further comment. Cheers

    December 29, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Question: Why can't Congress get anything done? Answer: They're too busy partying, drinking and obviously showing up to work drunk.

    December 29, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Squigman

    He looks like he was stewed when the picture was taken. How could he contest anything?

    December 29, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. judy

    I'm a Mormon I don't drink he said. Like our other foot tapping senator who voted against anything that had to do with gay rights. He is one more two faced troll that keeps getting re elected buy the people of this right to work, lowest wages in the nation state. Tell me we don't need more education!

    December 29, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |