GOP Senator Mike Crapo Apologizes for DUI

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Dec. 24 2012 8:34 AM

GOP Senator Mike Crapo Apologizes for DUI

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U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) (L) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), members of the House-Senate Conference Committee on how to extend the payroll tax cut, talk with each other during a meeting February 7, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

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Republican Senator Mike Crapo has apologized after his DUI arrest in Alexandria, Va. on Sunday morning.

Crapo, a Mormon with a political reputation for social and fiscal conservatism, was pulled over by police after he ran a red light. He then failed the field sobriety test and was arrested at about 12:45 a.m. According to Politico, the Idaho senator's blood alcohol level was .110. The legal limit is .08.

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Here's his apology, issued Sunday night (via Politico):

“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."

Crapo, who was named a bishop to the Mormon church at age 31, has previously told the Associated Press that he abstains from alcohol as part of his faith.

The third-term senator was set to take over the top GOP spot on the Senate Banking Committee next year. But after his release on $1,000 bond, Crapo will be kicking off the New Year a bit differently: his court date is January 4.  

Abby Ohlheiser is a Slate contributor.