U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, issued a statement Sunday evening apologizing for the actions that led to his arrest on a charge of driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning in a Washington, D.C., suburb.
I am deeply sorry for the actions that have resulted in this circumstance," Crapo said. "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 undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated, he said in the statement released by his staff.
Crapo's Idaho Chief of Staff John Hoehne confirmed that the DUI arrest involved alcohol but offered no further comment.
Police in Alexandria, Va., said Sunday that the three-term senator from Bonneville County was pulled over after his vehicle ran a red light.
Police spokesman Jody Donaldson said Crapo failed field sobriety tests and was arrested at about 12:45 a.m. without incident. He was transported to the Alexandria jail and released on an unsecured $1,000 bond at about 5 a.m.
"There was no refusal (to take sobriety tests), no accident, no injuries," Donaldson said. "Just a traffic stop that resulted in a DUI."
Police said Crapo, who was alone in his vehicle, registered a blood alcohol content of 0.11. The legal limit in Virginia is the same as in Idaho -- 0.08.
Donaldson and Crapo's staff said they didn't have information on where Crapo was coming from or headed toward when he was pulled over.
The senator's initial court date has been set for Jan. 4.
Crapo was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998 and won't be up for re-election to a fourth term until 2016. Before joining the Senate he served for six years in the U.S. House of Representatives and eight years in the Idaho State Senate
In Congress, Crapo has built a reputation as a staunch social and fiscal conservative. It has been expected he would take over the top Republican spot next year on the Senate Banking Committee. He also serves on the Senate's budget and finance panels. Crapo was a member of the so-called "Gang of Six" senators that worked in 2011 toward a deficit-reduction deal that was never adopted by Congress.
A Mormon from Idaho Falls, Crapo has five children with his wife, Susan, and three grandchildren.