Sen. Crapo pleads guilty to DUI charge
January 4th, 2013
11:13 AM ET

Sen. Crapo pleads guilty to DUI charge

It’s a new year, a new Congress, and a new driving ban for U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo.

The Idaho Republican, arrested in December on suspicion of drunken driving in Virginia, pleaded guilty Friday to the charges, which came with a $250 fine and a year-long suspension of his driver's license.

A 180-day jail sentence was suspended on condition of good behavior. His guilty plea came a day after the 113th Congress was sworn in.

Crapo, re-elected in 2010 with 71% of the vote, was arrested at 12:45 a.m. ET on December 23 in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, after a police officer noticed his vehicle running a red light. Alexandria police said Crapo's blood alcohol level was .110 at the time of his arrest.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    Crapo won't give a crap. The US tax payer will pay for his transportation needs (limo etc..).

    January 4, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Foghorn Leghorn

    I have nothing against hens themselves. It's the pecking at of unhatched eggs that alarms me.
    Some hens peck at unhatched eggs, and if one should hatch, refuse to peck the foolish youngster!
    You modern hens are amazing creatures to behold.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rooster

    The US taxpaying and non-taxpaying citizen alike will go-on consuming US into debt no-matter the politician. Also, hens pecking at their own unhatched eggs before the yolk turns to feathers.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Paulie Walnuts

    LOVE the name

    January 4, 2013 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Barry G.

    Imagine being held accountable, like the commoners!

    January 4, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Barry G.

    Our leaders should not only be held to the same standard as the rest of us–they should be held to an even higher standard than the average citizen.

    If they can't follow the rules (and laws), they have no business being "leaders".

    January 4, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. sparky

    I'm no fan of Republicans. However, due process was served. He's taking his lumps. Move along.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      What if it were you or I before the judge. Would we be likely to get a suspended sentence? Not likely.

      January 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Randy

    How, exactly, is drunk driving "good behavior"? I'd say he should have to do community service for his crime, but hell, you can't actually get a Senator to perform community service when you pay them, so...

    January 4, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Julia

    More from the do as I say not as I do crowd.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. dstevek

    What happend to the manatory 24 hours in Jail?

    January 4, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. RobCM

    Anyone else would do a little time for DUI.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. TheMovieFan

    Good behavior? A Republican?

    January 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. spudnik

    It's pronounced "Cray-po" by the way (French Crapaux). Why his ancestors didn't include the "y" after they immigrated is beyond me.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Watson

    He makes $174,000 a year as a US Senator & can't afford to call a taxi. Maybe he was afraid tat his car would be towed if left on the street in Alexandria? Happened to me once.

    I have no sympathy for this person. Fortunately he did not kill anyone while DUI. What is wrong with Senators from Idaho in general?

    January 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CueBallSTL

    Holy Crapo!

    January 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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