Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s main opponent just took a massive shot across the bow.
After insisting Friday that he did not flee the scene of his drunk driving accident in 1998, it has been proven Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging Cruz for his senate seat, did, in fact, try to flee the scene.
“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 Friday during his first debate with Cruz.
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These lying politicians aren’t too happy when someone digs into their past.
O’Rourke has never really tried to hide the fact that he was arrested for drunk driving.
In fact, he has often used it as his way of saying he is just a regular guy that, like anyone else, is subject to making mistakes.
What he did, though, is make himself out to be someone that realized immediately what he had done wrong and owned up to it.
However, the actual police reports tell a different story.
Unfortunately for O’Rourke, a witness saw everything.
The witness stated that O’Rourke passed his car at a high rate of speed in a 75 mph zone before losing control and crashing into another truck.
O’Rourke then, according to the witness, left his vehicle and tried to escape the scene. “The driver attempted to leave the accident but was stopped by the reporter,” the police report reads.
Police stated he was slurring his speech and barely audible at the time of his arrest.
Breathalyzer results had him blowing a .136 and .134.
At the time, the legal limit in Texas was .10.
Is it possible O’Rourke was so wrecked he did not remember anything, so he just made up what happened after the accident?
That seems far more likely than a police officer and witness making up facts and putting them into an official police report.