The police officers who responded to the scene following Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s 1998 DWI crash are finally speaking out and revealing the truth about the accident.
While O’Rourke has admitted to driving while intoxicated, he has denied that he tried to flee the scene as reports indicated.
However, the investigating officer, Richard Carrera, is now publicly standing behind his report that the Democrat indeed tried to flee the scene of the accident.
“I believe we have contradicting stories here,” Carrera told the Texas Tribune. “I stand by my report.”
It was Carrera who put O’Rourke into handcuffs and took him to jail.
The officer’s original report leaves no room for interpretation.
“The defendant/driver then attempted to leave the scene,” the report stated. “The reporter then turned on his over head lights to warn oncoming traffic and to try to get the defendant to stop.”
Carrera’s former supervisor, Gary Hargrove, also told the Texas Tribune that he stands by the officer’s report.
“He did something to lead the officers to believe that he was trying to get away,” Hargrove responded. “What they put down, I believed them.”
O’Rourke's spokesman, Chris Evans, did his best to downplay the new report that directly contradicts the candidate’s past claims.
"Beto's DWI is something he has long publicly and openly addressed over the last 20 years at town halls, on the debate stage, during interviews and in Op-Eds, calling it a serious mistake for which there is no excuse," Evans repeatedly said. ”This has been widely and repeatedly reported on."
While this could be the nail in the coffin of O’Rourke’s campaign, it didn’t need much help to be completely finished.
In a recent poll national Monmouth poll, O’Rourke was polling at just 4 percent.