UPDATE 9:50 a.m.
Following this morning's sentencing hearing in an Alexandria, Va., courtroom, where Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo admitted to driving drunk on Dec. 23, resulting in his DUI arrest following a test that registered a 0.14 blood alcohol content, Crapo read a prepared statement outside of the courthouse.
"I sincerely regret the choice I made," read Crapo. "I'm grateful, truly grateful no one was injured."
Crapo said he could not sleep the night of the incident and had been drinking vodka and tonic, before getting behind the wheel of his car. Crapo said he was not with anyone nor was he traveling to see anyone.
Crapo repeated that he was "profoundly sorry for the pain and embarrassment" that the incident had brought on his family, constituents and the U.S. Senate.
ORIGINAL STORY 8:30 a.m.
Sen. Mike Crapo was ordered to pay a $250 fine and had his driver's license suspended this morning after pleading guilty to a Dec. 23 drunken driving incident in Alexandria, Va.
Crapo will also be required to complete an alcohol safety program. Idaho's senior Republican U.S. senator was told as long as he remains on good behavior, he will will not have serve a 180-day jail term, which was suspended this morning by Judge Becky Moore. The hearing took approximately three minutes.
The Associated Press reports that prosecutors chose to drop a separate charge of failing to obey a traffic signal.
Police officials said Crapo drove through a red light on Dec. 23, and later blew a 0.14 blood alcohol content, after first blowing a 0.11 BAC at the scene of the arrest.
Shortly after his arrest, Crapo issued a statement:
“I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance. 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 undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated.”
Following Crapo's arrest, Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant slammed Crapo for joining "a growing list of GOP elected officials who have embarrassed Idaho on the national stage in recent years."
But Crapo's colleague, Sen. Jim Risch, said, "I offer my support and help to him in any way I can."
The Idaho Statesman published an editorial on the day after Crapo's arrest, saying what happened to the U.S. senator "can happen to a lot of people, especially during the holiday season. ... Maybe he didn't realize he had too much to drink when he left the social event."
But in a column republished by the Tucson Journal on Dec. 27, David Hall—on his Liberty Musings Blog—took the Statesman to task, writing that Crapo's arrest, "is not about a lapse in judgment of one drink too many on one night. You have to know that. This is about a man who has claimed to be a faithful Mormon and is not. This is a United States senator who has been living a lie for we don't know how long. The senator is corrupt, and you are complicit by trying to sweep it under the rug."