Wednesday, January 2, 2013

AP: Crapo Could Get Breath-Detecting Ignition Lock

Posted By on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Sen. Mike Crapos court date is Friday, Jan. 4.

Idaho GOP senior Sen. Mike Crapo has two orders of business Thursday and Friday.

He'll watch new members of the U.S. Senate be sworn in Thursday as the 2013 U.S. Congress takes formation.

But on Friday, he'll need to excuse himself from his public duties to take care of some pressing personal business: facing drunken-driving charges in Alexandria, Va.

The Washington Post reported that Crapo told Alexandria law enforcement that he had consumed "several shots of vodka" prior to being stopped after running a red light on Dec. 23. The Post obtained court documents revealing that a police officer "immediately detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage" on Crapo's breath, which "became strong as [Crapo] spoke."

Court records also indicate that Crapo's blood alcohol content was registered as 0.14 at the Alexandria jail long after Crapo registered at 0.11 BAC at the scene of the arrest.

The Associated Press reports that Crapo "will likely be required to install an ignition interlock device in his car to test his breath for alcohol" after he is sentenced.

Crapo, a first-time DUI offender, said he doesn't plan to contest the charges.

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