As you may know, Beto O’Rourke was arrested back in 1998 for a DWI. He’s owned up to that arrest and has said that there’s no excuse for it.
But there’s a few detials that he left out of his story – perhaps because he doesn’t remember very well – that is making the news today.
According to the police report, a very drunk Beto not only hit a truck, but his vehicle crossed the median into oncoming traffic. He then tried to flee the scene of hsi vehicle:
HOUSTON CHRONICLE – Although the arrest has been public knowledge, police reports of the September 1998 incident – when the Democratic Senate candidate had just turned 26 – show that it was a more serious threat to public safety than has previously been reported.
State and local police reports obtained by the Chronicle and Express-News show that O’Rourke was driving drunk at what a witness called “a high rate of speed” in a 75 mph zone on Interstate 10 about a mile from the New Mexico border. He lost control and hit a truck, sending his car careening across the center median into oncoming lanes. The witness, who stopped at the scene, later told police that O’Rourke had tried to drive away from the scene.
Drunk as a skunk…
O’Rourke recorded a 0.136 and 0.134 on police breathalyzers, well above the legal limit of 0.08 in Texas. He was arrested at the scene and charged with DWI, but completed a court-approved diversion program and had the charges dismissed.
I don’t know much being drunk, but from what I can tell .136 means he probably downed a whole six-pack and then some.
But really, does any of this matter now? Not really. He’s already admitted his DWI, and while these details were left out, it really doesn’t change anything.
I doubt any of his supporters will forsake him because of this, and honestly, if Ted Cruz had a bad day like this 20 years ago and he had already admitted it, I wouldn’t really care so much either.