According to Texas police officers involved in Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s 1998 DWI car crash and arrest, O’Rourke did, in fact, attempt to flee the scene of the crime – contrary to his claims otherwise.
While O’Rourke has denied that he did try to flee, Richard Carrera, the former officer who arrested him, says otherwise, and recently stated “I believe we have contradicting stories here,” while noting, “I stand by my report.”
Carrera added that he “has no doubt that [O’Rourke] tried to leave the scene” of the car crash which occurred after the would-be Commander in Chief lost control of the wheel following a night of whiskey drinking.
Gary Hargrove, Carrera’s former supervisor, agrees, and said O’Rourke “did something to lead the officers to believe that he was trying to get away,” adding, “What they put down – I believed them.”
Hargrove went on to speculate that the crash left O’Rourke’s vehicle pointed toward the road, surmising that he “took that as his chance to get away.”
From The Texas Tribune:
Until now, O’Rourke, who denies trying to flee the wreck, was the only person present at the scene of the collision to speak out publicly about what happened that night. “I believe we have contradicting stories here,” says the officer who arrested him.
The former 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.
O’Rourke admits he was intoxicated and says there is no justification for his actions, but he has denied that he tried to flee.
“Beto’s DWI is something he has long publicly and openly addressed over the last 20 years at town halls, on the debate stage, during interviews and in Op-Eds, calling it a serious mistake for which there is no excuse,” said O’Rourke spokesman Chris Evans. “This has been widely and repeatedly reported on.”
Neither the investigating officer, Richard Carrera, nor his former supervisor, Gary Hargrove, specifically recalls the events of that night more than 20 years ago. But both of the former Anthony Police Department officers told The Texas Tribune they have no doubt the report they compiled and signed is accurate.
“I believe we have contradicting stories here,” said 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.”
Hargrove, 71, oversaw the crash scene but does not remember being there. However, he said he believes what his officers told him about the two-vehicle collision that occurred in Anthony, a tiny town near the Texas-New Mexico border west of El Paso.
Hargrove said the report, which he reread after the Houston Chronicle published it last year, shows O’Rourke “struck the [other] car from the rear and he ended up in the median pointed the wrong way, and he took that as his chance to get away.”
“He did something to lead the officers to believe that he was trying to get away,” Hargrove said. “What they put down, I believed them.”