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Beto O’rourke reportedly tried to flee the scene before the 1998 drunken -, arrest warrant, a witness said

New details in the arrest of 20 years due to drunk driving, will be published on the Texas Senate Democratic candidate Beto O’rourke, including, as a witness at the time, allegedly O’rourke said tried to flee the scene after his car.

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New details in the arrest of 20 years due to drunk driving, will be published on the Texas Senate Democratic candidate Beto O’rourke, including, as a witness at the time, allegedly O’rourke said tried to flee the scene after his car.

The Houston Chronicle published police reports of O’rourke September 1998, border DWI arrest in Texas near the New Mexico. The records, according to the paper, specify the incident was reported a “serious threat to public safety than in the past.”

The arrest is already known to the public, but the details in the police had not reported.

The police reports published in the paper that a witness said O’rourke drove drunk to a “high speed” in a 75 mph zone on the highway when he lost control and crashed into a truck. O ‘Rourke’ s car crossed the center median and into the oncoming lane, the police report says, although no one was injured.

According to the paper, a witness stopped at the scene and said: “O’ Rourke tried to drive away.

“The driver tried to flee the accident but was not more of the [witness],” a police officer wrote, according to the police report.

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O’rourke added 0.136 and 0.134 blood-alcohol level on a breathalyzer, the said records. The state, the legal limit was 0.10.

O’rourke was arrested, but had dismissed the charges after a court-approved diversion program, the paper said.

A spokesman for O’rourke did not immediately return a request for comment. But, in a statement to the chronicle, O’rourke said, “I drove drunk and was arrested for DWI in 1998. As I was already being discussed publicly in the last 20 years, I have made a grave error, for which there is no excuse.”

In a recent op-ed, O’rourke, his past is referred to brushes with the law.

“Twenty-three years ago I was arrested for attempted forced entry after jumping a fence at the University of Texas at El Paso”,” O’rourke said. “I spent a night in the El Paso County jail, was able to Deposit the next day and was released. Three years later, I was arrested for driving drunk,” she also describes as “a far more serious error, for there is no excuse.”

Added O’rourke: “But these errors have ultimately not for me to define or stop me from what I wanted to do in my life or how I wanted to contribute to the success of my family and the community — as a father, a small businessman, Councilman, and members of Congress.”

O’rourke, a Democratic Congressman, has fluctuated in the polls in his race against incumbent Texas Republican sen. Ted Cruz. The Cruz campaign declined to comment.

But the Texas Republican is accusing O’rourke of misleading voters about the last incident.

“While Beto arrest, advertises for his honesty on his DWI as we now know, he was told misleading Texas voters about all of this,” Republican party of Texas chairman James Dickey.

Dickey added: “He was misleading Texas voters on the cost and damage of the policy that he advocated in his campaign, and also about the true extent of this arrest Texas voters deserve better.”

Meanwhile, President Trump on Friday said he planned to campaign for Cruz, his former rival, races during the 2016 presidential.

“I’m going to do a big rally for Senator Ted Cruz in October,” Trump tweeted. “I’ll have the largest stadium in Texas, we can find. As you know, Ted has my complete and total approval. His opponent is a disaster for Texas – weak on the Second Amendment, crime, borders, military and veterans!”

I’m going to do a big rally for Senator Ted Cruz in October. I guess the biggest stadium in Texas, we can find. As you know, Ted has my complete and total approval. His opponent is a disaster for Texas – weak on the Second Amendment, crime, borders, military and vets!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2018

While recent polls show that O’rourke, the closure of the gap on Cruz, the Real Clear politics polling average of the race, Cruz shows with a lead of 5.5 points.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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