Sen. Crapo Pleads Guilty to DUI Charge in Alexandria Court
Republican lawmaker from Idaho was arrested in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood Dec. 23 when he was spotted running a red light by a local police officer.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA -- Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho pleaded guilty to a driving under the influence charge in court Friday morning in Virginia.
He was fined $250 and his driver’s license was suspended for one year, according to Politico. Prosecutors dropped a charge of failing to obey a traffic signal. The DUI charge is a misdemeanor in Virginia.
The Republican lawmaker also must participate in a program on alcohol safety. He will not have to serve a 180-day jail sentence if he has good behavior.
After the hearing Friday, Crapo said outside the Alexandria City courthouse that he had been drinking a vodka and tonic at home the night of the arrest, but couldn't sleep and so went out for a drive, according to AP.
Crapo was not expected to contest the charges stemming from his arrest on Dec. 23 in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood.
According to Crapo’s official biography he is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which prohibits alcohol consumption among members.