ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Authorities say U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C. suburb.
Police in Alexandria, Va., said Sunday that the Idaho Republican was pulled over early Sunday morning after his vehicle ran a red light. Police spokesman Jody Donaldson said Crapo failed field sobriety tests and was arrested at about 12:45 a.m. without incident. He was transported to the Alexandria jail and released on an unsecured $1,000 bond at about 5 a.m.
Donaldson told KTVB that Crapo's blood alcohol content level was .11. The legal limit in Virginia is .08.
Crapo is scheduled to make a court appearance on Jan. 4.
He released the following statement Sunday evening:
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 also undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated.
Crapo has been in the Senate since 1998, and served for six years in the House before that.
Crapo's arrest contradicts his public persona as a teetotaling member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormon church prohibits members from using alcohol, as well as coffee, tea and some other substances.
Colleagues say they're surprised the three-term Republican is in this situation. But Idaho's junior U.S. Sen. Jim Risch offered his support, saying Crapo made a mistake and has apologized.