Friday night’s debate between Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his challenger, Democrat Beto O’Rourke did not go well for the latter.
One moment for O’Rourke, in particular, caught the attention of many.
When confronted by the moderator about his drunk driving crash, he was asked if he had tried to flee the scene.
“Representative O’Rourke, you have addressed your 1998 DWI arrest numerous times during your public career, but not this question. As the Houston Chronicle pointed out recently, a witness said in that accident that you tried to leave the scene of the accident. “Did you, and should voters be concerned about this incident?” asked the moderator.
“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,” O’Rourke answered.
Beto O'Rourke admits that he drove drunk but then denied that he tried to flee the scene of a crash he caused.
The police report says that a witness told law enforcement that O'Rourke tried to leave the scene and that he had to stop him from leaving. #TXSenateDebate pic.twitter.com/tU5UNMiRtz
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 22, 2018
That, however, is not what the witness testimony said. According to the police report, a witness caught O’Rourke trying to flee the scene of his crash, and “turned on his overhead lights to warn oncoming traffic and to try to get the defendant (O’Rourke) to stop.”
The officer on scene said O’Rourke “was unable to be understood due to slurred speech,” and “almost fell to the floor” when getting out of his car. Upon being given a sobriety test, O’Rourke “failed by totally losing his balance,” according to the officer.
You can read the report for yourself below:
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