Sen. Mike Crapo pleads guilty to DUI charge
Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho looks down as he reads a statement outside Alexandria General District Court in Alexandria, Va., Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, after pleading guilty Friday to a misdemeanor first-offense drunken driving charge. / AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence today in an Alexandria, Va., court and was sentenced to 180 days, all of them suspended.
He will also be paid a $250 fine and court fees, will take a DUI course, and will have his driver's license suspended for 12 months. He could apply for a restricted license in the meantime.
Crapo, a Mormon who has said he does not drink alcohol, was arrested on December 23 in Alexandria, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. His blood alcohol was recorded at 0.14 after he was brought to jail, well above the national legal limit of 0.08.
After the verdict was announced, Crapo told CBS News' Tolleah Price that, contrary to earlier reports, he was drinking vodka with tonic water, not straight vodka. He took a drive to "try to wind down," eventually turned around to head home, and was pulled over by police on his way home. He said that he had "on occasion had alcoholic drinks in my apartment" over the last few months, and that he is deeply embarrassed by his "poor choice" and the disappointment it has caused among his family, his constituents, and those who share his Mormon faith.
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