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.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.