Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo told police that he had consumed several shots hours before he was pulled over and arrested on a DUI charge early Sunday, according to court documents obtained by The Washington Post.
When I spoke with the driver I immediately detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, which became stronger as he spoke, the arresting officer wrote in his report, according to the newspaper.
Crapo was arrested after police said he ran a red light in Alexandria, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. The three-term senator was said to have a blood alcohol content of 0.11 percent. The legal limit is 0.08.
Crapo, who came to Idaho on Monday for Christmas, is headed back to Washington, D.C., to participate in negotiations over averting the fiscal cliff and doesnt plan to immediately provide details about where he had been or what had occurred before his arrest, a spokesman said.
The Republican lawmaker was actually traveling Wednesday after spending the holiday with his family in Idaho Falls, spokesman Lindsay Nothern said.
Nothern said Crapo eventually will provide more information about his arrest. He provided no time frame.
Crapo, 61, faces a Jan. 4 court hearing.