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Idaho senator charged with DWI

– Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C., suburb, authorities said.

Police in Alexandria, Va., said Sunday that Crapo was pulled over after his vehicle ran a red light. Police spokesman Jody Donaldson said Crapo failed field sobriety tests and was arrested about 12:45 a.m. without incident. He was transported to the Alexandria jail and released on an unsecured $1,000 bond about 5 a.m.

Donaldson said he didn’t immediately know what Crapo’s blood-alcohol level was, where he was coming from or the type of vehicle he was driving. Crapo has a Jan. 4 court date.

Messages left for a Crapo spokesman weren’t immediately returned.

Currently in his third term, Crapo has been in the Senate since 1998, and he served for six years in the U.S. House of Representatives before that. He was easily re-elected in 2010, and won’t have to run again until 2016.

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.

Crapo is a Mormon whose faith forbids the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

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