The U.S. senator who was charged with drunken driving in Alexandria over the weekend told the arresting officer that he had consumed several vodka shots, according to a criminal complaint.

Mike Crapo, an Idaho Republican, was stopped by an Alexandria police officer early Sunday morning, after his vehicle made a left turn at the intersection of Commonwealth and Mt. Vernon avenues when he had a red light.

According to the complaint, the officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Crapo's breath, and the senator had bloodshot and watery eyes and slurred speech. Crapo told the officer he had drank several vodka shots hours earlier but hadn't had any alcohol since, according to the complaint.

After failing field sobriety tests, Crapo, 61, took a breath test that indicated his blood-alcohol content was 0.11, above the legal limit, police said. The senator was then taken into custody and released on $1,000 bond.

- Naomi Jagoda