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BY: Cameron Cawthorne
Richard Carrera, the former police officer who arrested Beto O'Rourke for driving drunk in 1998, and his then-supervisor, Gary Hargrove, are standing by their report on O'Rourke attempting to leave the scene of the wreck he caused.
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While O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman and a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has admitted he was intoxicated and said there are no justifications for his actions, he has repeatedly denied that he tried to flee the scene of the wreck, according to the Texas Tribune.
Carrera and Hargrove both admit they don't specifically recall the night in question, over 20 years ago. But they told the Texas Tribune they have no doubts about the report they compiled and signed, saying they believe it's accurate.
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"I believe we have contradicting stories here," said Carrera, 49, who arrested the 26-year-old O'Rourke and gave him a breathalyzer test at the police station. "I stand by my report." He added later he has "no doubt that he tried to leave the scene."
Hargrove, 71, does not remember being there, but he said he trusts what his officers told him about the two-vehicle collision near the Texas-New Mexico border west of El Paso. Hargrove said he reread the report last year after the Houston Chronicle published it last year. The report shows O’Rourke "struck the [other] car from the rear and he ended up in the median pointed the wrong way, and he took that as his chance to get away."
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"He did something to lead the officers to believe that he was trying to get away," Hargrove said. "What they put down, I believed them."
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