Idaho Senator Michael Crapo on Friday
pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Virginia.
The 61-year-old Crapo, a Republican,
was arrested on December 22 after failing to stop at a red light in
Alexandria while driving a 1999 white Jeep.
He pleaded guilty before a traffic
judge and received a suspended sentence of 180 days in jail, a $250
fine, a year's suspension of his driver's license and enrollment in
an alcohol safety program, The
Washington Post reported.
After the hearing, which lasted 10
minutes, Crapo (pronounced CRAY-poe) told reporters: “I have
recently made personal choices that are at odds with who I am, who
Idahoans rightly believe me to be and who I strive to be.”
Crapo, a member of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are prohibited from using
alcohol, had a blood alcohol level of .110 at the time of his arrest,
higher than the allowed .08 level for drivers in Virginia.
Crapo supports a federal constitutional
amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples, having voted for
it twice. He also voted against repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”
and the gay-inclusive Hate Crimes Act.