“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.”
— Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.), Senate candidate, during a debate, Sept. 21, 2018
About 3 a.m. Sept. 27, 1998, in Anthony, Tex., a suburb 20 miles north of El Paso, police officer Richard Carrera was dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle collision on Interstate 10 about a mile from the border with New Mexico.
He met with the driver, identified as Robert Francis O’Rourke, and asked him what happened: “The defendant advised in a slurred speech that he had caused an accident,” Carrera wrote in his complaint charging O’Rourke with driving while intoxicated.
He blew over the legal limit.
Described as having glossy eyes, and smelling of an alcoholic beverage, he was instructed to exit his car and perform sobriety tests. He not only fell down during the one leg test, he “almost fell to the floor
When O’Rourke blew into a breathalyzer, the results were a blood alcohol content of 0.136 and 0.134. The legal state limit in Texas at the time was 0.10; a year later, it was lowered to 0.08. With a blood alcohol level of between 0.130 and 0.159, a person experiences “gross motor impairment and lack of physical control. Blurred vision and major loss of balance. Euphoria is reducing and beginning dysphoria (a state of feeling unwell).” For a male of 190 pounds, O’Rourke’s weight as listed in the police report, that blood alcohol concentration is reached after six drinks.
Source: Washington Post
“The defendant/driver then attempted to leave the scene,” Carrera reported. “The reporter then turned on his overhead lights to warn oncoming traffic and try to get the defendant to stop.”
Similar information appears in another document, the incident and crime report: “The driver attempted to leave the accident but was stopped by the reporter.”
There are some inconsistencies in the police records — O’Rourke’s Volvo is described as both black and green, and he’s traveling either west or east — but the witness to the crash is twice described as saying O’Rourke tried to leave the scene of the crash.
Remember all those taunts Trump got about how we should believe out police? That’s going to work against Ted’s socialist challenger.
Who are we supposed to believe?
The police report?
Or a slobbering drunk who is known to have crashed his car and fail a breathalyzer test?