The Texas Senate race has been a hot one, with some pundits predicting that Beto O’Rourke could potentially upset incumbent Ted Cruz in the general election in November.
However, some new information about an old crime of O’Rourke’s has come to light. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that back in 1998, at the age of 26, O’Rourke tried to flee the scene of a drink driving crash.
O’Rourke never tried to hide his DWI, writing in an op-ed earlier this week that “twenty-three years ago I was arrested for attempted forcible entry after jumping a fence at the University of Texas at El Paso. I spent a night in the El Paso County Jail, was able to make bail the next day, and was released. Three years later, I was arrested for drunk driving — a far more serious mistake for which there is no excuse.”
He hasn’t ever mentioned trying to flee the scene of the crash, though.
From National Review:
“A witness whom O’Rourke passed shortly before crashing later told police he personally prevented O’Rourke from fleeing the scene. The unnamed witness “turned on his overhead lights to warn oncoming traffic and to try to get the defendant [O’Rourke] to stop,” according to the report.
This new information certainly won’t help O’Rourke out with moderates and independents as Texans go to the polls this November.
The Cruz campaign has not commented on the police report.