Monday, October 01, 2018
Dallas Morning News: AUSTIN -- Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Beto O'Rourke on Saturday said a passenger in his car when he crashed and was arrested for drunken driving 20 years ago backs up his statement that he did not try to flee the scene. Contrary to September 1998 police reports about the incident, which quoted an unnamed motorist as saying he stopped O'Rourke from bolting.
At the time of his arrest, O'Rourke was 26.
Last month, the Houston Chronicle obtained similar offense reports from the Anthony Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Both reports quoted an unnamed motorist who was headed in the same direction on I-10 saying O'Rourke's car passed him, struck a truck and ended up crossing the median. The motorist said he stopped O'Rourke from fleeing. According to the DPS report, the motorist "turned on his over head lights to warn oncoming traffic and to try to get the defendant to stop."
"On that one count, the fleeing the scene, that is incorrect," O'Rourke told Smith.
Late Saturday, O'Rourke campaign spokesman Chris Evans did not respond to a request for the passenger's name.
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