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Dec 24, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Excerpted from The Daily Caller: Idaho’s senior U.S. senator found himself in a Virginia jail early Sunday morning after police arrested him for driving under the influence. The Alexandria, Va. Police Department said Sunday evening in a statement that Republican Sen. Michael Crapo failed “several field sobriety tests” after an officer pulled him over for running a red light.

Crapo is a Mormon. The Associated Press has reported that he abstains from alcohol.

His blood-alcohol content was .110, according to police. Virginia’s legal limit is .08.

CBS News was first to report the arrest. The network said Crapo posted a $1,000 bond at about 5:00 a.m. and is expected in court on January 4.

“I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance,” Crapo said Sunday night in a statement released by his Capitol Hill office.

“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.”

In a statement, Alexandria Police spokesperson Jody Donaldson said Crapo “was arrested and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Adult Detention Center and released on an unsecured $1,000 bond.”

First elected to the Senate in 1999, Crapo is in his third term after spending six years in the House of Representatives.

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