On Friday, the Houston Chronicle pulled up a police report from 1998 that shows a drunken driving arrest in the early hours after he turned 26 was more serious than previously known.
O’Rourke was speeding and intoxicated, and this was already known. What wasn’t known is the newly uncovered records that contain a witness's allegation that O'Rourke tried to leave the scene of the wreck before police arrived.
O'Rourke did not speak about the witness account of his alleged attempt to flee, the Chronicle reported.
At the time, O’Rourke’s father, Pat, was running for El Paso County judge.
The arrest was on Sept. 27, 1998, after a crash at 3 a.m. caused by drunk driving. This came just five weeks before Election Day.
O’Rourke’s father lost his comeback bid. A prosecution would have been an embarrassment, but it’s uncertain if voters were aware of the drunk driving arrest.
Politifact Texas looked at the arrests earlier this month and found no news account referring to them before 2005. I looked on their website and it appears they updated their findings: “UPDATE, 6:40 p.m., Aug. 22, 2018: After this fact-check initially posted, O'Rourke's campaign provided a photo of a document described as the UTEP police report on the 1995 arrest. We've added that information, also noting that O'Rourke and fellow students were arrested for "attempted forcible entry" under the section of the Texas penal code titled "Burglary." We also added O'Rourke's reference, in Palestine, to the burglary arrest.”
The police report found by the Chronicle shows that Beto O’Rourke was speeding in a 75 mph zone on Interstate 10 in Anthony, Texas. According to the report, he lost control and hit a truck, careening into the median. A witness told police that "he attempted to leave the scene."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">There's always the chance that Robert “Beto” O’Rourke won’t debate Senator Cruz because he got into a hazy situation… <a href="https://t.co/4nmd42AEkl">pic.twitter.com/4nmd42AEkl</a></p>— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) <a href="https://twitter.com/TexasGOP/status/1034591481892405249?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 29, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Breathalyzer tests showed his blood alcohol level at 0.136 and 0.134, which was well above the legal limit of 0.10 at the time.
He was arrested at the scene and charged with drunken driving. He completed a court-approved diversion program and the charges were dropped after deferred adjudication.
“There is no excuse and there’s nothing I can say, other than that was very stupid of me and I showed really poor judgment, bad judgment,” he told The Dallas Morning News. “It was something that I did, and I hope in those 20 years I have been able to contribute to this community. But there is just no excusing for that.”
In an op-ed this week O’Rourke called the incident a “mistake for which there is no excuse.” O’Rourke was also arrested in 1995 on a misdemeanor burglary charge after jumping a fence at the University of Texas-El Paso.
Prosecutors declined to pursue the case.
O’Rourke declines to debate Cruz and Cruz teased him a bit on Twitter. Wonder why he was afraid to debate Cruz? Perhaps since O’Rourke is trying to get rid of the Second Amendment altogether? Texans will not take kindly to that.
Watch this video if you don’t believe that is what is going on:
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O’Rourke is the one on the left with the long hair, goatee, and flowery dress.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Maybe Beto can’t debate Ted Cruz because he already had plans… <a href="https://t.co/LdqKTh3yK4">pic.twitter.com/LdqKTh3yK4</a></p>— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) <a href="https://twitter.com/TexasGOP/status/1034580157707759621?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 28, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Esquire found a video of O’Rourke and his band performing on an El Paso news show in 1994.
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The performance is complete chaos. The song they introduce does not have a name.
And there’s this:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This needs to be known by every American & Illegal. Robert is “Beto” O’Rourke’s REAL name. Beto is a Hispanic name & is being used to confuse non English speaking voters into voting for him. Robert is Irish! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HisNameIsRobert?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HisNameIsRobert</a> PLEASE RETWEET. EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW THIS!! <a href="https://t.co/Cc2uRXycPB">pic.twitter.com/Cc2uRXycPB</a></p>— Deb (@area51F) <a href="https://twitter.com/area51F/status/1035411092229554176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 31, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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My dreams of starting a band are looking up! That was terrible.
Seriously why would this guy even be as far as he is in this senate race? What a joke. Who is give him the money to campaign? I’m from Texas and everyone I know is getting text messages from his campaign.
Heavy emphasis needs to be on his anti-gun position. People who do want gun control and worse will ignore his past to vote for that point alone. I feel strongly that he’ll be rejected for that, but it will be interesting to see how many Texans vote for him. I’d cut his vote count in half since half would probably be transplants and not genuine Texans.
Wow, the Democrats can sure pick them. Instead of taking a non-criminal candidate and turning them into a criminal once elected, the Democrats are cutting right to the chase, taking a criminal and turning them into a Candidate.