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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.

OT insider January 06, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Completely agree. I suspect that if the press responsibly investigates this they will find an iceberg of hypocrisy here.
OT insider January 06, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Sad that you're so focused on something (Chappaquiddick) that happened when most of us weren't even alive and has nothing to do with a right-wing teetotaler getting caught driving drunk (TODAY in our city) without a believable reason for driving where he was pulled over. Can you please stay on topic and offer anything of value to the discussion? (I’m guessing not).
Lee Hernly January 06, 2013 at 02:31 PM
NOt 'so focused' on anything OT just pointing out that Sen. Crapo deserves kudos for taking responsibility for his actions much like Congressman Kennedy (D) did when he was arrested for DUI. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/13/AR2006061300627.html
Mike Young January 06, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Sunday morning , I just fell out of my chair laughing with my cup of tea !
OT insider January 07, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Yeah, I thought so... This guy doesn't deserve "kudos" for anything. He hasn't apologized to the citizens of DC, Alexandria, and (probably) Arlington for putting our lives in danger because of his reckless behavior. And I think that we all know that he is very likely covering up stuff that would further tarnish his moral facade.

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