ID Senator Crapo arrested for DUI
Crapo is a Mormon and has said in the past that he abstains from alcohol.
Apparently, not early Sunday morning:
Jody Donaldson, a spokesperson for the Alexandria Police Department, said in an e-mail that Crapo was arrested at 12:45 a.m. Sunday. An Alexandria police officer noticed Crapo's vehicle run through a red traffic light, and after the vehicle was stopped, the officer conducted field sobriety tests, which Crapo failed, Donaldson said. Crapo was arrested for driving under the influence, and taken into custody without incident, Donaldson said.
In a statement, Crapo apologized for his actions.
"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."
Police said the senator's blood-alcohol level was .110. In Virginia, drivers at .08 or higher are considered intoxicated.
He was released on $1,000 bond, and has a court date scheduled for Jan. 4.
Getting behind the wheel of a car when there's even a chance you may be legally intoxicated shows very poor judgment. I don't care if he's a Mormon or a Druid, if he doesn't know that drinking and driving is extraordinarily dangerous he doesn't belong in the Senate.
Recently, there has been a debate over whether or drunk driving laws are too strict. There are some countries that give offenders mandatory jail time for driving over the legal limit, so there are some who say we aren't strict enough. Senator Crapo is extremely fortunate he didn't get in an accident. He is also lucky that he will escape with a slap on his wrist.