Idaho Republican senator charged with drunk driving

WASHINGTON Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:30am EST

Republican U.S. Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho is pictured in this police booking photo from the Alexandria Police Department taken December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Alexandria Police department/Handout

Republican U.S. Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho is pictured in this police booking photo from the Alexandria Police Department taken December 23, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho was arrested early on Sunday in a Washington suburb and charged with driving under the influence, police said.

An officer stopped Crapo in Alexandria, Virginia, after spotting a vehicle running a red traffic signal, city police said in a statement.

The senior senator from Idaho was "arrested after failing several field sobriety tests," it said.

Crapo was alone in his own car. His blood alcohol content was 0.11 percent, the statement said, above Virginia's maximum of 0.08 percent.

Crapo, 61, was taken into custody without incident and released on an unsecured bond of $1,000. He is due to appear in court on January 4.

Crapo said in a statement that he was "deeply sorry" for the incident.

"I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, my Idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me," he said.

"I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter."

Crapo has served in the U.S. Senate since 1999 after six years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Idaho's 2nd district. He was re-elected to the Senate in 2010.

Crapo is a Mormon who has been quoted in the press as saying he abstains from drinking alcohol.

Known as a fiscal and social conservative, Crapo has a lifetime score of 80 percent from the conservative Club for Growth.

A graduate of Brigham Young University and Harvard Law School, Crapo is a member of the Senate Banking Committee and the chamber's budget and finance panels.

He was a member of the so-called "Gang of Six" senators that worked in 2011 toward a deficit-reduction deal that Congress failed to adopt.

(Reporting By Nick Carey; Editing by Stacey Joyce)

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Comments (11)
jaroca wrote:
This is too easy…must be a set up.

Another fiscal,social conservative, who just happens to be/was a church leader telling/preaching to others about how to live and is in a position to enact and influence legislation to do so.

One who is has been quoted in the press as abstaining from alcohol?

The perfect headline would be “Crapo says O-crap”

… to admit that it is a ‘neener, neener’ moment

Really interesting

Dec 24, 2012 3:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
forzapista wrote:
What is it with ultra conservative senators from Idaho?
Larry Craig, the most anti-gay senator at the time gets caught soliciting gay sex in an airport bathroom
Now, Mike Crapo, who “abstains from alcohol” gets popped with a BAC of 0.11.

Dec 24, 2012 9:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
MoBioph wrote:
Dear well-to-do users of performance-impairing drugs:

As men and women of considerable means, you are able to afford the occasional cab fare, and, in especially sloppy cases, could even afford to hire a full-time chauffeur. Either cost, in the grand scheme of things, would pale in comparison to that inevitably suffered by those who, while pickled, persist in navigating their own way across the highways and byways of this great land of ours. For a United States Senator, this problem is especially easy to solve in an economical manner, as one need only choose ones staff with an eye toward ensuring an ample supply of designated drivers.

Happy New Year,


PS – to Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Princeton, etcetera –

With the untimely demise of in loco parentis, it is clear that you no longer see it as your duty to train your young aristocrats in the proper etiquette associated with the use of performance-impairing drugs, the most ubiquitous of which is alcohol, in its many guises. Nevertheless, it is worth remembering that, as those sprung from the loins of people of quality, your young wards generally have a paucity of experience confronting – ahem – “life’s little problems” unaided. You simply must play the role of Jeeves to their Bertie Wooster. You could do worse than to require that, henceforth, each student must retain the services of his own suitably qualified manservant or her own suitably qualified maidservant.

Have yourself a Merry Fourteenth Baktun,


Dec 24, 2012 11:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
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