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Idaho Sen. Michael Crapo arrested on DUI charge in Virginia

Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, following his arrest for DUI, December 23, 2012
Alexandria Police Department
(CBS/AP) ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Police say that Sen. Michael Crapo (R.-Idaho) was arrested in Virginia early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence,  CBS News reports.

Crapo, a 61-year-old three-term Republican who has said he doesn't drink because of his Mormon faith, registered a blood alcohol content of .11 percent after police pulled his car over in the  Washington, D.C. suburb, authorities say. The legal limit in Virginia is .08 percent.

CBS News reports that police spokesman Craig T. Fifer said an officer was on routine patrol when he saw Crapo's vehicle run a red light at 12:45a.m. Crapo was alone at the time.

In a statement released Sunday night, Crapo said, "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."

The senator was brought to the Alexandria jail and was released on $1,000 bond at around 5 a.m., Crapo's office told CBS News. He is set to appear in court Jan. 4.

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