Idaho Senator Mike Crapo arrested for DUI: ‘I am deeply sorry’

By Daniel S Levine,

Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Virginia Sunday morning. Crapo offered a formal apology on Monday for his actions.

Police spokesman Craig T. Fifer told CBS News that an officer spotted Crapo’s vehicle running a red light in Alexandria, Virginia. He was stopped at 12:45 a.m. and was alone in the car.

The senator then took several sobriety tests and failed. Alexandria police say that he had a 0.11 blood alcohol level, over the legal limit of 0.08 in Virginia. He was booked without incident and released on $1,000 bond, according to his office. He has a court date set for Jan. 4.

According to Politico, he issued a statement Monday apologizing.

“I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance,” the statement read. “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.”

He concluded, “I will also undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated.”

Crapo, who is currently serving his third term in the Senate, has publicly stated that he abstains from alcohol as a Mormon.

According to The AP, Idaho’s junior Senator, Jim Risch, has offered Crapo is support and acknowledges that his colleague made a mistake.

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