By Daily Wire. As The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra reported last August, then-Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who was in the midst of a very expensive and tightly contested U.S. Senate race with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at the time, was publicly revealed to have fled the scene of a dramatic DWI-induced car wreck scene that he had caused 20 years prior:
Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke’s 1998 arrest for drunk driving has been public knowledge for years, but a newly-revealed police report has brought to light even more allegations of disturbing details from the arrest.
The Houston Chronicle reported on Friday that newly-obtained police reports alleged “two elements of the incident that have been overlooked: that there was a crash involved, and that O’Rourke allegedly attempted to flee.”
But while O’Rourke admitted to the DWI, he persistently denied that he tried to flee the scene of the crash. Last September, PolitiFact rated O’Rourke’s denial “Mostly False”:
Records indicate O’Rourke was arrested at the scene and wasn’t charged with trying to flee. But the September 1998 Anthony Police Department report on the incident says a witness said O’Rourke tried to leave the scene before police arrived and the witness kept him from doing so.
(Read more from “Did He Lie? Officer at the Scene of Beto’s DWI Confirms He Tried to Flee the Wreck” HERE)
Officers at Scene of Beto O’Rourke’s 1998 DWI Crash Say They Believe He Tried to Flee
By The Texas Tribune. The former police officer who arrested Beto O’Rourke for driving drunk in 1998, along with the sergeant who signed the incident report, both say they believe now what they reported at the time: that O’Rourke tried to leave the scene of the wreck he caused.
O’Rourke admits he was intoxicated and says there is no justification for his actions, but he has denied that he tried to flee.
“Beto’s DWI is something he has long publicly and openly addressed over the last 20 years at town halls, on the debate stage, during interviews and in Op-Eds, calling it a serious mistake for which there is no excuse,” said O’Rourke spokesman Chris Evans. “This has been widely and repeatedly reported on.”
Neither the investigating officer, Richard Carrera, nor his former supervisor, Gary Hargrove, specifically recalls the events of that night more than 20 years ago. But both of the former Anthony Police Department officers told The Texas Tribune they have no doubt the report they compiled and signed is accurate. . .
Carrera, 49, said after reading the police report, in which an unnamed witness claimed O’Rourke tried to flee in his Volvo, he has “no doubt that he tried to leave the scene.” (Read more from “Officers at Scene of Beto O’Rourke’s 1998 DWI Crash Say They Believe He Tried to Flee” HERE)