The Associated Press Reports Senator Michael Crapo, Republican, has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). Crapo, arrested early Sunday morning, reportedly had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.11%, well over the illegal limit of 0.08%.
He was arrested in Alexandria, Virginia, after he was stopped for running a red light. According to a police spokesman, he voluntarily agreed to submit to a field sobriety test (FST), which he failed and was subsequently arrested at 12:45 a.m. and taken into police custody. He was then asked to take a blood alcohol concentration test (BAC), which he agreed to take. He failed the BAC test and was booked at the Alexandria jail. He was later released on a $1,000 bond. He was driving alone.
It is illegal in the state of Virginia to drive with a BAC above 0.08% or higher. If Crapo is convicted of drunk driving he will face a severe Virginia DUI penalties including a mandatory $250 fine and license revocation for one year.
Crapo, 61, is a conservative United States senator from Idaho. He has previously stated he did not drink due to his Mormon faith. He is a three term senator who is known as a fiscal and social conservative. He grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He graduated from Brigham Young University and Harvard Law School and has been an attorney. He has five children, three grandchildren and lives with his wife Susan.
Crapo, issued an apology several hours after his DUI arrest and will appear in court again on January 4, 2013.
“I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance,” Crapo said in the statement Sunday night. “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.” Crapo, who is ready to take responsibility for his actions, has agreed to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure this behavior will not be repeated.
Crapo has been in the Senate since 1998 and is the frontrunner to take over the top Republican slot in the Senate Banking Committee. He has participated in senate budget and finance panels and has weighed in on many environmental and health issues. Recently, he served on the finance committee, most often known as the “Gang of Six,” that worked on a budget deal in 2011 to help reduce the nation’s deficit. Of course their budget plan was never accepted by the full Congress. Prior to his term in the Senate he was a member of the United States House of Representatives.
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