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TX-Sen. Candidate Beto O’Rourke Has an Arrest History

O'Rourke has been arrested twice, once for burglary and on another occasion for driving while intoxicated.

By NTK Staff | 08.23.2018 @4:45pm
TX-Sen. Candidate Beto O’Rourke Has an Arrest History

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, has quite an arrest history, according to the fact-checkers at PolitiFact.

O’Rourke has been arrested twice, once for burglary and on another occasion for driving while intoxicated.

According to PolitiFact:

“Separately, we ran a background check of O’Rourke using the LexisNexis service. According to the results, O’Rourke’s May 1995 misdemeanor arrest on the UTEP campus was later declined and his September 1998 misdemeanor DWI arrest in El Paso was dismissed.”

“The check gave us case numbers for the arrests enabling us to fetch an El Paso County record stating that O’Rourke was initially arrested in May 1995 and that case was disposed of in February 1996. We saw too that after the DWI arrest, according to another county record, O’Rourke was referred to a misdemeanor diversion program in March 1999 and completed “DWI school” in May 1999. That document’s last entry, dated Oct. 20, 1999, says: “Misdemeanor diversion completed successfully.”

O’Rourke claimed that the 1995 misdemeanor arrest happened when he and “some friends were horsing around, and we snuck under the fence at the UTEP physical plant and set off an alarm. We were arrested by UTEP police.”

A spokesperson for the O’Rourke campaign doesn’t deny the arrests, telling Politifact that O’Rourke has addressed the arrests at multiple campaign events.

“O’Rourke’s comments and records indicate that UTEP police arrested O’Rourke in 1995 for burglary, a misdemeanor charge disposed of the next year. In 1998, El Paso police arrested O’Rourke for DWI, a misdemeanor charge that was dismissed after he completed ‘DWI school’ the next year,” Politifact ruled. “We rate the claim True.”

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