Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) has had his driver’s license suspended and has been charged a fine of $250 in the wake of his arrest for driving under the influence two days before Christmas. According to the Boise Weekly‘s City Desk blog, Crapo will also be required to complete an alcohol safety program, but provided that he stay out of trouble, Virginia Judge Becky Moore agreed to suspend the 180-day jail sentence normally associated with DUI cases of this kind.
Crapo was pulled over by police after he drove through a red light in the early morning hours of December 23. After failing roadside sobriety tests, Crapo’s blood alcohol level registered as .14 when he blew into a breathalyzer. Virginia’s legal limit for driving is .08.
When officers asked if Crapo had been drinking, he admitted to taking several shots of vodka, but claimed that hours had passed since he drank them. Crapo, a devout Mormon, has stated before that he does not drink.
The Associated Press reported that prosecutors dropped a charge of disregarding a traffic signal.
After sentencing, the senator’s office released a statement that read, in part, “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 undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated.”
Idaho Democratic Party chairperson Larry Grant slammed Crapo in the wake of his arrest, saying that the senator has joined “a growing list of GOP elected officials who have embarrassed Idaho on the national stage in recent years.”
Former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig was arrested in a Minneapolis airport bathroom after soliciting sex from an undercover policeman in 2007.