Idaho Senator Pleads Guilty to DWI Charge

Friday, Jan 4, 2013  |  Updated 10:15 AM EDT
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Idaho Senator Pleads Guilty To Va. DWI

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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, gives his victory speech at the Republican Party election headquarters held at the Doubletree Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Authorities say Crapo has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 in a Washington, D.C. suburb. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley, File)

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Idaho Republican Sen. Michael Crapo has pleaded guilty to drunken driving charge in a Virginia court.

Crapo pleaded guilty to a first-offense DWI on Friday. The DWI charge is a misdemeanor under Virginia law. Prosecutors dropped a charge of failing to obey a traffic signal.

Crapo received a $250 fine and a 12-month suspension of his driver's license. He will also be required to complete an alcohol safety program. As long as he remains on good behavior he will not have to serve a 180 day suspended jail sentence.

Police say Crapo was pulled over for running a red light and registered a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

Crapo issued a statement shortly after his Dec. 23 arrest apologizing for his actions.

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