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Mr. Crocker was visiting his hometown of Spokane, Wash., when a state trooper pulled him over after a motorist had complained about his erratic driving, a Washington state trooper told the Associated Press. He registered a .16 blood-alcohol content, which is twice the legal limit, the trooper said.

Mr. Crocker was on leave from his position as dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

The career ambassador had come out of retirement at President Obama’s request to take over the embassy in Kabul. He left after a year because of an undisclosed medical condition.

The 63-year-old diplomat had served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait and Lebanon before accepting the assignment to Afghanistan in July 2011. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Mr. Crocker is due in court Sept. 12.

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