Texas Cops Who Arrested Beto for DWI in 1998 Say He Did Try to Flee the Scene

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During Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s failed Texas senate campaign last year, he had to answer some uncomfortable questions about his 1998 DWI. He admitted to driving drunk and causing a crash when he was a mere lad of 26 years, but he insisted he didn’t try to flee the scene. That pesky little scandal has been on the back burner since Beto broke his “definitive” promise that he wasn’t running for president in 2020. But the initial wave of Betomania has receded, and his newsroom constituency is now infatuated with Mayor Pete. So the heat is back on.


Jay Root, Texas Tribune:

The former [Anthony, TX] police officer who arrested Beto O’Rourke for driving drunk in 1998, along with the sergeant who signed the incident report, both say they believe now what they reported at the time: that O’Rourke tried to leave the scene of the wreck he caused…

“I believe we have contradicting stories here,” said [investigating officer Richard] Carrera, who arrested the 26-year-old O’Rourke and took him to a police station to undergo a breath test. “I stand by my report.”

Carrera, 49, said after reading the police report, in which an unnamed witness claimed O’Rourke tried to flee in his Volvo, he has “no doubt that he tried to leave the scene.”

Beto’s BAC was only .134, so I’m sure he has a clearer memory of the event than the police officers who have no reason to lie.

Of course, if this yammering, arm-flailing, sweat-soaked oaf with no accomplishments or ideas of his own somehow does get the Democratic Party’s nomination, this won’t stop anybody from voting for him. Hell, the Dems still worship Ted Kennedy and thought it was funny that he named his dog Splash. Beto didn’t even kill anybody. There are any number of reasons he’ll fail again, but this isn’t one of them.


And if Beto has already peaked, at least he’s got some happy memories. At least he had a brief moment of relevance. It’s not like he’s Eric Swalwell.


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