Washington Post: Crapo drank several vodka shots before DUI arrest
The Washington Post is reporting that Idaho’s three-term U.S. Senator Mike Crapo admitted drinking “several shots of vodka” before he was pulled over by a officer in Alexandria, Virginia.
The traffic stop was initiated after Crapo reportedly ran a red light.
The Senator was arrested Sunday morning. Police reports say he drove through a red light at Commonwealth and Mount Vernon Avenues in Alexandria. He was alone in his vehicle at the time.
The newspaper quotes a police report in which the arresting officer wrote, “When I spoke with the driver, I immediately detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, which became stronger as he spoke.”
Meantime, Crapo is headed back to Washington, D.C., to participate in negotiations over averting the so-called fiscal cliff -- and doesn't plan to immediately provide details about what led to his arrest.
The Republican lawmaker's spokesman in Boise, Lindsay Nothern, said Crapo was traveling Wednesday after spending Christmas with family in Idaho Falls.
Crapo is accused of registering a 0.11 percent blood-alcohol level on a breath test. In Virginia, the legal limit is 0.08.
Nothern says Crapo plans to eventually provide more information about his arrest. He provided no timeframe, but indicated it could be several days.
Crapo, 61, faces a Jan. 4 court hearing.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)