Beto O’Rourke Claims He Didn’t Flee the Scene of His DWI Arrest. Police Records Say Otherwise. Beto O’Rourke Claims He Didn’t Flee the Scene of His DWI Arrest. Police Records Say Otherwise. – NTK Network

Beto O’Rourke Claims He Didn’t Flee the Scene of His DWI Arrest. Police Records Say Otherwise.

“The police reports show not only that O’Rourke was highly intoxicated but that a witness to accident said he tried to leave the scene.”

By NTK Staff | 09.25.2018 @1:00pm
Beto O’Rourke Claims He Didn’t Flee the Scene of His DWI Arrest. Police Records Say Otherwise.

Fact checkers at the Washington Post gave Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) their harshest rating Tuesday for a lie the Democrat told during a Texas U.S. Senate debate with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Friday night.

Debate moderators asked O’Rourke about his 1998 drunk-driving arrest, and whether he tried to flee the scene after his vehicle struck a truck traveling in the same direction on Interstate-10 just outside of El Paso.

“I did not try to leave the scene of the accident, though driving drunk, which I did, is a terrible mistake for which there is no excuse or justification or defense, and I will not try to provide one,” O’Rourke said during the debate.

But the facts paint a different picture. O’Rourke was so drunk that, according to police officer Richard Carrera who responded to the accident, he “was unable to be understood due to slurred speech.” Carrera added that O’Rourke had “glossy eyes,” “breath that smelled of an alcohol beverage,” and “almost fell to the floor” when he stepped out of his vehicle. His blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.136. The legal limit in Texas at the time was 0.10 and later lowered to 0.08.

Beto O'Rourke Police Report

On the issue of O’Rourke’s attempts to flee the scene, the fact checkers relied on multiple police reports:

The accident had been observed by a witness. He told Carrera that O’Rourke, driving a Volvo, had passed him a high rate of speed through a 75 mph zone and then lost control and “struck a truck traveling the same direction.” O’Rourke’s car then crossed the large grassy center median and came to a stop. (This video depicts I-10 near the location of the crash.)

“The defendant/driver then attempted to leave the scene,” Carrera reported. “The reporter then turned on his overhead lights to warn oncoming traffic and try to get the defendant to stop.”

Similar information appears in another document, the incident and crime report: “The driver attempted to leave the accident but was stopped by the reporter.”

When rendering their verdict, the fact checkers noted, “The police reports show not only that O’Rourke was highly intoxicated but that a witness to accident said he tried to leave the scene.” They noted that between his high BAC and foggy memory from an event that occurred 20 years ago, he could have said he wasn’t sure or didn’t remember. But instead, he chose to dispute police reports, which earned him their harshest rating, Four Pinocchios.

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