Beto O’Rourke admits driving drunk, but denies he tried to flee scene of accident. Police report says otherwise.


Though Texas Democrat senatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke believes Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation should be rejected over spurious allegations of sexual assault, he feels differently about allegations he once fled from the scene after his drunken driving led to a car crash.

“I did not try to leave the scene of the accident, though driving drunk, which I did, is a terrible mistake for which there is no excuse or justification or defense, and I will not try to provide one,” O’Rourke said during a debate Friday against incumbent Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.


Except witness reports from the 1998 car crash contradict his claim. According to an exposé published in August by the Houston Chronicle, one witness told police that O’Rourke had initially tried to flee the scene after he crashed into a truck while driving drunk at “a high rate of speed” on the Interstate.

The witness “turned on his overhead lights to warn oncoming traffic and to try to get the defendant (O’Rourke) to stop,” a police report of the incident reportedly reads. When authorities arrived, they found O’Rourke so drunk he was “unable to be understood due to slurred speech.”

He was charged and arrested after the cops found his blood alcohol levels to be above the legal limit of 0.10. The charges were later dismissed after he completed a court-approved diversion program.

Friday was the first time O’Rourke ever denied the allegations against him. Last month he acknowledged that he “drove drunk and was arrested for DWI in 1998,” but refrained from speaking about claims he had tried to flee the scene.

Judging by his new denial, the Senate hopeful apparently wants Texas voters to not believe the claims of the witness in his DWI case.

Yet he feels differently about the claims of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who’s accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault without providing any evidence.

“O’Rourke called for the FBI to investigate Ford’s claims, something that Senate Republicans have resisted, and argued that Kavanaugh’s nomination should be rejected,” The Huffington Post reported, referring to additional comments made by the Democrat nominee during the debate Friday.

What makes this both ironic and hypocritical is that there’s actual evidence to back up the witness’s account (a police report, the fact O’Rourke was drunk), whereas there’s none to back up claims by Kavanaugh’s accuser, as noted by many exasperated social media users:

Rep. Keith Ellison is another Democrat running for office with serious accusations pending against him. He also believes his word carries more weight than, you know, actual evidence!


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