Idaho Senator Caught in DUI May Have to Get Ignition Lock

January 3, 2013

U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo will likely be required to install an ignition interlock device in his car to test his breath for alcohol as a result of his drunken driving arrest in Virginia.

But that wouldn’t have been the case in the Republican senator’s home state of Idaho.

The Spokesman-Review reported that 17 states require the in-car breath tests to prevent even first-time convicted drunken drivers from starting their cars while under the influence. Idaho only requires the devices for repeat offenders.

Crapo was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving last week and police have said he registered a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent when he was pulled over in Alexandria after running a red light.

Crapo has said he doesn’t plan to contest the charges.

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