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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  1. Kodak

    Well, this is just a bunch of crap, in my opinion.

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

    Funny thing is, Crapo is a Mormon, and had claimed previously that he does not drink.

    BTW- His last name is pronounced with a long A sound.

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

      I know several active catholics who have said that the Pope/Church is totally nuts for not allowing birth control. Religion has nothing to do wtih it. People will be people no matter who and what.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • GRS62

      Yeah, odd how his Mormonism is being kept out of the news coverage.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • robkosinski


      January 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohgran

      @Kodak – There is a big difference in saying you don't do something and then doing it; and doing something you believe in that your church does not.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    What a great name for a Senator-Crapo. Even more fitting because he's a Republican.

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

    This is actually an improvement for Republicons who are usually arrested in bathroom stalls at the Mpls airport.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ordinary Average American

    A typical person who was suspected of DUI would serve mandatory jail time, the fine would have been much larger ($250 - really??) and "the church" would have excommunicated the "member" by now for embarrassing the saints!

    January 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It depends on the state, and typically nobody gets jail time for their first offense.
      I don't see any favoritism by the state.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lono

    toldUso: Crapo's drinking didn't come with a body count, unlike Teddy Kennedy

    January 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lono

      Derrrr I am very dummm

      January 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. buddha

    In Ca., first DUI costs are close to $14,000. $250 is ridiculously cheap.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hiram

    Doesn't much matter how he wants his name pronounced... he's still full of craypola.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dave

    He got the standard sentence–don't know why everyone is complaining that he didn't–mormonism like scientology is a mental illness

    January 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Why are you mentioning only Mormonism and Scientology? There's no difference between them and the other major brainwashing schemes out there... Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc...

      January 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hide Behind

    The man is a Republican and hails from a stste where the potato is King, the supply over 30% of us potaos with 60% of that into french friestater tots and the like, but what is not eaten goes into making Vodka mainly.
    So maybe if he was on Vodka and tonic water diet he was doing it to aid employment in home state.
    If he had ben stopped in DC going or coming from his office on official buisness what would the penalty and fine be?

    January 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, you're right, he should totally used that for justification: the Tater Tot defense.

      I, For one, am glad he pled guilty; nobody is above the law.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hide Behind

    In Idaho to get elected as a democrat you need lots of welfare, state and federal employees, and out of state college students.
    A republican needs the productive sector to get elected, farming, mining, logging and especially around 100 well heeled leaders in those industries both from in and out of state.
    Would not surprise me to see vote of Seccession come before next pres election date.
    Even the greeners are wondering why they get better support from repubs than demo partys in that state.

    January 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol. Yeah, okay, whatever.

      January 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • lweba

      In other words Bush and his party are the ones who made Obama's election possible because they put many ion welfare?

      January 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nNOOdS

    what a bunch of CRAP o the truth will soon to be known Madd is silent? LIES! I had 3 shots 3 hrs ago and went for a
    drive, nobody was in any danger , blood acohol level was 0.114 at time of arrest. COME ON PEOPLE
    IT is time to get out your FOIA request forms, And LETS get lhe REAL FACTS! and for all of u AAers yes HE has a problem SAME said for all of u FUNDIMENTILISTs

    January 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joel

    Religion and alcohol are fine when taken in moderation. Told to me by a priest !

    January 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. priedel`123

    Come to Virginia to drink! get pulled over and pay half what you paid at the fancy restaurant! 250 buck and you are home free. Virginia -2 drink minimum and your on the road

    January 6, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
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