Sen. Michael D. Crapo was arrested on a DUI charge early Sunday morning in Alexandria, police said.
The senator posted a $1,000 unsecured bond and faces a Jan. 4 court date, Alexandria police spokesman Jody Donaldson said.
According to police, an officer saw the senator run a red light and pulled him over at Hume Avenue and Mount Vernon at 12:45 a.m.
Crapo then failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested.
The Idaho Republican has been a member of the bipartisan group of senators, first known as the “gang of six,” trying to craft a budget deal in the mold of the president’s 2010 deficit reduction commission, known as Bowles-Simpson.
Crapo is the senior senator from Idaho. He has had that distinction since Sen. Larry Craig decided not to run for re-election after his arrest and guilty plea related to a public sex sting in a Minnesota airport restroom was reported by Roll Call.
Crapo apologized in a statement this evening. “I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance,” he 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 also undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.