U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Democrat vying to change U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, contradicted police reports Friday by disclaiming he tried to flee the scene of a 1998 drunken automobile crash.
O’Rourke was asked about the incident during a debate against Cruz at Southern Methodist University.
“I did not try to leave the scene of the accident, though driving drink, which I did, is a terrifying mistake for which there is no excuse or explain or protection, ” O’Rourke said. “I can only tell you that I was able to have a second probability in my life.”
“I did not try to leave the scene of the accident, though driving drunkard, which I did, is a terrible mistake for which there is no justify or reason or defense.”
But O’Rourke’s remarks appear to contradict the police reports published by the Houston Chronicle last-place month that claimed O’Rourke “attempted to leave the scene” after he lost control of his auto and stumbled another vehicle in 1998.
“The driver attempted to leave the accident but was stopped by the[ witness ], ” a police officer wrote, according to the police report.
“The driver attempted to leave the accident but was stopped by the[ witness ]. “
The witness, who likewise called 911, apparently “turned on his overhead light-footeds to warn oncoming traffic and to try to get[ O’Rourke] to stop, ” the report continued.
This was the first time O’Rourke has challenged reports of the incident. Last-place month, he acknowledged that he “drove drunk and was arrested for DWI in 1998. ” He didn’t repudiate he tried to flee the scene.
The officer went on to state that O’Rourke was visibly intoxicated and “unable to be understood due to slurred speech.”
O’Rourke recorded 0.136 and 0.134 blood booze heights on Breathalyzer experiments, the records said. The position legal limit at the time was 0.10. The attacks of DWI were later dismissed after he accomplished a court-approved diversion program, the Chronicle reported.