ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Senator Michael D. Crapo of Idaho was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving under the influence in a suburb of Washington, D.C., the authorities said.
Mr. Crapo, a Republican, was pulled over after his vehicle ran a red light, the police in Alexandria said. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested about 12:45 a.m., said a police spokesman, Jody Donaldson, and then was taken to the Alexandria jail and released on an unsecured $1,000 bond about 5 a.m.
The police said Mr. Crapo, who was alone in his vehicle, had registered a blood alcohol content of 0.11 percent. The legal limit in Virginia is 0.08 percent.
In Congress, Mr. Crapo has built a reputation as a staunch social and fiscal conservative. It has been expected that he would take over the top Republican spot next year on the Senate Banking Committee.
Mr. Crapo grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was named a bishop in the Mormon Church at age 31.
He is a lawyer who graduated from Brigham Young University and Harvard Law School.Eeing a Mormon Republican seems like a good reason to drink, but that's no excuse for getting behind the wheel.