Law Enforcement Officials Say “Beto” O’Rourke Fled the Scene In 1998 DWI Crash

Law enforcement officials believe 2020 Presidential hopeful and former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke attempted to flee after a 1998 drunk driving collision, according to the Texas Tribune. The site reported that the police officer who arrested O’Rourke and the sergeant who signed the incident report said they believe O’Rourke fled the scene. The original police report described a scene where O’Rourke sped in his vehicle, lost control, and hit another car. Further, the report stated that “The defendant/driver then attempted to leave the scene.”

According to the Texas Tribune, the investigating officer Richard Carrera said he has “no doubt that he (O’Rourke) tried to leave the scene.”

Gary Hargrove, the investigator’s supervisor on the case, said a sketch of the crash scene, witness name, and affidavit would help clarify what actually happened. The Tribune spoke with local authorities who said only a DWI report and breathalyzer analysis exist in connection with the case today. The Texas Department of Public Safety didn’t turn up the document and cited the expiration of files.

What O’Rourke has to say…

O’Rourke acknowledges the DWI, however he denies fleeing the scene. O’Rourke told Vanity Fair that he was drinking ‘ a couple Jameson whiskeys’ with his father on the night of the incident. Later that night, O’Rourke said he called up a friend from college to meet for drinks. O’Rourke said he drove an hour to Las Cruces, New Mexico from El Paso, Texas to pick up the friend, who he once dated. The collision occurred on the hour ride back to Las Cruces.

According to his account, O’Rourke was arrested at the scene after failing a sobriety test, his father bailed him out of jail, and had his license suspended.

O’Rourke’s Spokesman Chris Evans maintains that O’Rourke didn’t flee the scene, according to the Texas Tribune.