Conservative Mormon Senator Arrested on DUI


When it rains, it pours for the Republicans. Here’s a new drip: Republican Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) was arrested for DUI at 12:45 AM Sunday. He allegedly ran a red light in Alexandria VA and was pulled over. The police officer apparently believed he needed to conduct field sobriety tests, which Crapo failed. The Senator was taken into custody without incident.

Alexandria police said that Sen. Crapo’s blood alcohol level was .110  – in Virginia the upper limit is .08, beyond which a driver is considered intoxicated. Police said that Crapo was alone in his vehicle. He was released on an unsecured $1,000 bond at about 5 a.m. His hearing is slated for January 4th.

The Senator, a Mormon, released the following statement:

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 61-year-old Senator Crapo represents Idaho and is serving his third term in the Senate. He has stated publicly that he abstains from alcohol. Well, evidently he doesn’t abstain all the time. Crapo has built his reputation on being a strict social and fiscal conservative. It was almost a given that he would take over the top Republican spot on the Senate Banking Committee next year but that may be in doubt in light of this arrest. Currently, he serves on the Senate’s budget and finance panels. Crapo was a member of the so-called “Gang of Six” senators that worked toward a deficit-reduction deal that went nowhere in 2011 . A native Idahoan, Crapo grew up in Idaho Falls and attended BYU and Harvard Law School. He is a Bishop in the LDS Church. He will probably have some explaining to do to his fellow church members when he gets back home.