Idaho Senator Arrested for Drunk Driving

Mike Crapo previously said that as a Mormon he doesn't drink

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 24, 2012 5:23 AM CST

(Newser) – A conservative Utah senator has apologized to "my family, my Idaho constituents, and any others who have put their trust in me," after being arrested in Virginia in the wee hours of yesterday morning with a blood-alcohol level of .11, reports Politico. Mike Crapo was arrested after police spotted his car run a red light around 12:45am. CBS News reports that the senator, a member of the "Gang of Six," failed "several" field sobriety tests.

In his statement, the 61-year-old professed, "I am deeply sorry ... I made a mistake. I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter." That penalty may become more clear following his Jan. 4 court date. A first-time DUI conviction in the state carries a mandatory minimum $250 fine and license revocation for one year. The AP adds that Crapo has explained in past interviews that, as a Mormon, he does not drink.

In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, gives his victory speech at the Republican Party election headquarters held at the Doubletree Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho.
In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, gives his victory speech at the Republican Party election headquarters held at the Doubletree Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho.   (AP Photo/Matt Cilley, File)
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