Beto O’Rourke has been caught red-handed lying about the car wreck he caused from drunk driving by trying to wave it all off as no big deal.
O’Rourke caused a drunken car accident in 1998 when he was 26. But today he is lying about what happened during the incident.
During a recent debate with his Senate opponent (sitting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz), O’Rourke tried to brush off his criminal actions from 20 years ago.
“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 last Friday.
However, even the left-wing Washington Post was forced to give O’Rourke its full four Pinocchios rating saying that he lied all the way through his comment.
According to the Post, “O’Rourke’s assertion that he did not try to leave the scene of the crash, however, is disputed by police records.”
Police records from 1998 say that O’Rourke was involved in an accident at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 27, in Anthony, Texas. When police arrived, they discovered O’Rourke who said in “slurred speech that he had caused an accident.”
In another report in the records, filed with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Carrera wrote that the “defendant was unable to be understood due to slurred speech” and that he had “glossy eyes” and “breath that smelled of an alcohol beverage.” When Carrera asked O’Rourke to step out of the vehicle, he “almost fell to the floor” and was repeatedly unable to complete a test of standing on one leg. He “failed by totally losing his balance.”
O’Rourke blew a blood alcohol rate of 0.136 and 0.134. The legal state limit in Texas at the time was 0.10, the paper noted.
But police also reported that witnesses said that O’Rourke tried to leave the scene.
The incident was observed by a witness. He told Carrera that O’Rourke, driving a Volvo, passed him at high speed through a 70 mph zone and then lost control and “struck a truck traveling the same direction.” O’Rourke’s car then crossed the large grassy center median and came to a stop. (This video depicts Interstate 10 near the location of the crash.)
“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.”
In the end, the paper calls O’Rourke a liar.
The police reports show not only that O’Rourke was highly intoxicated but that a witness to the crash said he tried to leave the scene.
O’Rourke was so drunk that he could barely get out of the car without falling, so perhaps he would not have gotten far — or he was simply confused. Perhaps in his memory, O’Rourke believes he did not try to leave. But, given his blood alcohol content at the time of the crash, O’Rourke’s memory 20 years after the fact is not nearly as credible as the police reports written just hours after the crash.
O’Rourke could have dodged the question during the debate or he could have said his memory of the night is not clear. Instead, he chose to dispute the factual record. We also believe in second chances, and O’Rourke should revise his answer if given another opportunity. In the meantime, he earns Four Pinocchios.
So, once again we see a liberal lying about his crimes.
What a surprise.
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