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New details to Beto O’rourke in 1998 DWI arrest
According to police reports, the Texas Senate Democratic candidate Beto O’rourke tried to flee the scene, after a drunken crash; analysis of Fox News-politics-editor-in-chief Chris Stirewalt.
Texas Democratic Republic of Beto O’rourke, who is leading an insurgent challenge against incumbent Ted Cruz, claimed at a debate on Friday that he was never the scene of a DWI for the crash in the vicinity of El Paso in 1998, but a leading Washington-Post-fact-checker against the claim, giving him “four Pinocchios.”
In the evening of his 26. Birthday, O’rourke crashed a truck in “the same direction” at high speed in a 75 MPH zone in front of the cross over the median into the opposite lanes of traffic and comes to a stop, a witness said a policeman at the time.
O’rourke had a blood-alcohol content of 0.136, well over the legal limit of 0.10 at the time, as well as the previous limit of 0.08.
“The defendant/driver then tried to leave the scene,” the police officer, Richard Carrera, said in a police report. The witness, “then turned on his overhead lights to warn you to stop the oncoming traffic and try to get the defendant,.”
According to the officer O’rourke’s “glossy” eyes, and not understand “be able to, due to slurred speech.”
“I tried to leave the scene of the accident.”
– Texas Senate Candidate Beto O’rourke
The incident report of the night also found to escape “the driver tried to be the accident, but was stopped by the reporters.”
But on Friday, O’rourke refused to account,-for the first time, he has gone on record to deny that he tried to leave the scene of the DUI.
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“I tried to leave the scene of the accident, though drunk driving — I’ve — is a terrible mistake, for which there is no excuse, justification or defense,” O’rourke said, before talking about the importance of “second chances” white privilege and how he and his wife met.
Cruz will not press the issue during the discussion, said he wanted to focus on the problems.
On Tuesday, The Washington Post, citing additional police documents obtained by The Houston Chronicle and The San Antonio Express-News, the conclusion that O’rourke rejection was unfounded.
“Due to his blood alcohol concentration at the time of the crash, O’rourke’s memory 20 years after the fact so credible is not nearly worthy of the police reports written only hours after the crash,” wrote The Post’s Glenn Kessler in his fact-check.
Kessler confirmed that he has been able to, the unnamed witness or the police for further comment, and some of the smaller details-like the color of the O’rourke’s Volvo, and direction of travel were not documents to be consistent in all of the police.
“O’ could have Rourke, evaded the question in the debate, or he would have said that his memory of the night is not clear,” Kessler wrote, according to the statement, but that witness statements have more credibility than after-the-fact to deny decades later. “Instead, he opted for the confrontation of the factual record”.
The Post is to get a fact-check of the scale, lists “Four Pinocchios” than most can claim, for “whoppers.”
After the completion of a court ordered program, the charges against O’rourke were released, The Houston Chronicle reported. O’rourke is the son of El Paso County judge, although there is no indication of his political influence helped him to a lighter sentence.
O ‘Rourke’ s criminal record includes a 1995 charge for allegedly burglarizing a building by the attempt of the “violent intrusion” at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), according to The El Paso Times.
“This happened while I was in college,” O’rourke said in the year 2005. “I got together with some friends fooling around, and we snuck under the fence at the UTEP physical plant, and an alarm. We were arrested by the UTEP police Department. … UTEP decided not to reimburse. We were not the intention to harm.”
The charges were dropped.
The next debate between the candidates is scheduled for Sept. 30 at the University of Houston, with the final meeting set for Oct. 16.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.