pcloudyn.png
Saturday September 26th, 2020 11:48PM

Police reports detail O'Rourke's '98 drunken-driving arrest

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

HOUSTON (AP) — Police documents from a decades-old drunken-driving arrest of Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke provide a more complete picture of an incident that the congressman has long acknowledged.

The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News recently obtained copies of state and local police reports pertaining to the arrest. They show O'Rourke was found intoxicated after losing control of his vehicle on Interstate 10 and hitting a truck. Nobody was hurt in the accident in Anthony, Texas, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from El Paso. A witness told police that O'Rourke tried to drive away, but the witness stopped him until officers arrived, the documents show. The witness also said that O'Rourke had been driving at "a high rate of speed."

O'Rourke has talked about the 1998 arrest while campaigning to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. But news stories about the arrest earlier in the campaign did not include details such as the crash and the reported attempt to flee. O'Rourke did not address those details in a statement Saturday.

"I drove drunk and was arrested for a DWI in 1998. As I've publicly discussed over the last 20 years, I made a serious mistake for which there is no excuse," the statement said.

O'Rourke had just turned 26 when the arrest happened. He did a court-ordered diversion program and a drunken-driving charge was dismissed.

According to police, O'Rourke recorded a 0.136 and 0.134 on breathalyzers, above a blood-alcohol level of 0.10, Texas' legal limit for driving at the time.

Cruz has never been arrested, but was once ticketed for underage alcohol possession when he was 17 and police stopped him and found unopened beer in his car.

A spokeswoman for Cruz did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General Senate Election News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Police reports detail O'Rourke's '98 drunken-driving arrest
A Texas police report on the 1998 drunken driving arrest of U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke says he tried to flee from an El Paso-area wreck he caused before being stopped
11:31AM ( 7 minutes ago )
Aretha's lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs
Though she lived to 76 and was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, the Queen of Soul died without a will. That could complicate things for her heirs.
11:25AM ( 13 minutes ago )
Far-right groups hope to build German force in joint protest
Emboldened far-right activists in Germany hope to make a Saturday protest a pivotal event in which lawmakers and Hitler-saluting skinheads come together as a nationwide anti-migrant movement
11:23AM ( 14 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Meghan McCain directs eulogy message at Trump
Meghan McCain eulogized her father's death as "the passing of American greatness," directing her message squarely at President Donald Trump and encouraging others to live up to her father's example
10:47AM ( 51 minutes ago )
The Latest: Range of foreign leaders on McCain guest list
Among the current and foreign leaders and officials on the guest list or John McCain's memorial service are about a dozen from former Soviet states, particularly Ukraine and Georgia
10:15AM ( 1 hour ago )
Obama, Bush _ not Trump _ give McCain presidential farewell
McCain gets presidential sendoff, but not from Trump, who was invited to stay away
10:13AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
DeVos: No plans to take action on funding to arm teachers
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she has "no intention of taking any action" regarding any possible use of federal funds to arm teachers or provide them with firearms training
8:20AM ( 3 hours ago )
High court pick Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life
Conservative yet complex, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has lived a carefully constructed life that checks all the boxes of the Washington insider
7:50AM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: 2 former presidents set to pay tribute to McCain
Two former presidents, a pre-eminent diplomat and a former Senate colleague are among the speakers on the schedule for Saturday's memorial service for John McCain at Washington National Cathedral
7:40AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Lula da Silva barred from running for Brazil's presidency
Brazil's electoral court has barred former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from the October presidential election despite easily leading in the polls
12:07AM ( 11 hours ago )
Brazil's Lula da Silva barred from running for presidency
A majority of justices on Brazil's electoral court has voted to bar ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from running in October's presidential election, virtually ending any chance that the front-runner will get on the ballot
11:20PM ( 12 hours ago )
The Latest: Court majority blocks ex-president in Brazil
A majority of justices on Brazil's electoral court have voted to bar ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from running in October's presidential election, virtually ending his candidacy
10:25PM ( 13 hours ago )
AP Elections
At rally, Trump urges Indiana voters to unseat Sen. Donnelly
President Donald Trump has urged Indiana Republicans to unseat Sen. Joe Donnelly, saying the vulnerable Democrat is "not going to vote for us on anything."
12:19AM ( 1 day ago )
Trump stumps for Republican Senate hopeful Braun in Indiana
President Donald Trump is seeking to turn up the pressure on Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, saying the state must defeat the vulnerable Democrat because "Joe's not going to vote for us on anything."
10:55PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Trump volunteer blocks photographer's rally shot
A volunteer member of the advance team for President Donald Trump has blocked a photojournalist's camera as he tried to take a photo of a protester during a campaign rally in Indiana
10:42PM ( 1 day ago )
General Senate Election News
Aretha's lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs
Though she lived to 76 and was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, the Queen of Soul died without a will. That could complicate things for her heirs.
11:25AM ( 13 minutes ago )
Far-right groups hope to build German force in joint protest
Emboldened far-right activists in Germany hope to make a Saturday protest a pivotal event in which lawmakers and Hitler-saluting skinheads come together as a nationwide anti-migrant movement
11:23AM ( 15 minutes ago )
Meghan McCain's eulogy: 'America was always great'
McCain gets presidential sendoff, but not from Trump, who was invited to stay away
11:16AM ( 22 minutes ago )
GOP-led Legislature may stymie 2 Michigan ballot drives
Michigan Republicans may stymie a pair of fall ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave by adopting a new tactic: pass the laws themselves, then change them later
11:12AM ( 25 minutes ago )
The Latest: Guatemalans to protest end of anti-graft body
Guatemalans are expected to take to a main square in protest against a decision by President Jimmy Morales to shut down the U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission that pressed a number of high-profile corruption probes
11:09AM ( 29 minutes ago )