Sun. Dec. 23 8:22 PM PT: According to the Associated Press:

"Police said Crapo, who was alone in his vehicle, registered a blood alcohol content of .110. The legal limit in Virginia, which has strict drunken driving laws, is .08."

Wed Dec 26, 2012 at  4:00 PM PT: The police report is out, ending speculation that:

"Someone may have spiked the egg nog"

"He didn't know"

"The cop was a Democrat"

and other flurries that have been floating.

According to Boise Weekly:

The Washington Post's Allison Klein reported Wednesday afternoon that Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo, busted for DUI on December 23, told Alexandria, Virginia law enforcement that he consumed "several shots of vodka" prior to being stopped after running a red light.

The Post obtained court documents revealing that a police driver "immediately detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage" on Crapo's breath which "became stronger as [Crapo] spoke."

The police officer wrote that Crapo said he had "drank the vodka hours earlier," according to the Post. ... He's expected to offer more details surrounding the DUI incident within the next several days.

Crossposted on 43rd State Blues

He was hammered.

Merry Christmas, Mike.

Well, at least he cooperated with police.

This is just in, from Politico:

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) was arrested and charged with drunken driving in Alexandria, Va., early Sunday morning, according to local police.

Jody Donaldson, a spokesperson for the Alexandria Police Department, said in an e-mail that Crapo was arrested at 12:45 a.m. Sunday. An Alexandria police officer noticed Crapo’s vehicle run through a red traffic light, and after the vehicle was stopped, the officer conducted field sobriety tests, which Crapo failed, Donaldson said. Crapo was arrested and taken into custody without incident, Donaldson said.

One large land mass.

One small population.

One political party filled with more screw-ups than you can fit in an average class at the Betty Ford Center.

Nice going!

Great family values!

Way to set an example for our children! (triple snark)


In a statement, Crapo apologized for his actions.

“I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance,” Crapo said. “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.”

His BAC is not yet available, and there is a very interesting side note:

Crapo, a 61-year-old Republican, is serving his third term in the U.S. Senate. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and has said publicly that he abstains from alcohol.

Originally posted to The Book Bear on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 04:07 PM PST.


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