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
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)

(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.

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Dec 25, 2012 12:03 PM CST
Here we go again, bashing the conservative republican, if this was a liberal democrat, you wouldn't hear about it, Ted Kennedy, when he was alive, stay well above .11 everyday of his life, it wasn't until he killed Mary-Jo the press had to say something, "liberals always BURY their mistakes".
Dec 25, 2012 10:12 AM CST
Aww, .11 blood alc. ain't so bad.The laws are really strict.People don't know how little booze will raise the blood alc. content to that level.Maybe 2 double martinis in 1 hour?4 beers in an hour?Yep it will!He shouldn'ta blown the red light, though, that's really dangerous.
Dec 25, 2012 8:39 AM CST
Nothing funnier than a POS fake teetotaler "Mormon" Idaho Senator who doesn't drink, getting busted for DUI and running red lights at 12:45. Did the cops ask him "Where has you been? Where is you going? Where's does you work?" Do you have 7 wives? And Idaho's other Senator is a queer either. Inbreds. Fuch every two faced conservative liar in this country. Merry Xmas.