On the day Liberty University announced it was launching an investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr’s financial, legal, and real estate dealings while president of the university, medics in Bedford County, Virginia were called to the disgraced evangelical’s home after his wife, Becki, said he was drunk and injured.
HuffPost reports that on the night of August 30, Becki called 911 to say there was “a lot of blood right now.”
The call was made around 2:30 a.m. Becki told dispatchers that she left church around 11 p.m. after receiving a call from her husband, who said he had fallen down the stairs and was bleeding.
When she got home the doors were locked and she couldn’t get inside. Eventually, she found a patio chair and used it to smash through the back door.
When the dispatcher asked whether her husband had been drinking, Becki replied “yes.” When the dispatcher asked if he had been drinking “heavily,” she bristled and barked, “I’m not going to answer that question!”
The dispatcher then explained that alcohol can thin a person’s blood which could account for the excessive bleeding, then once again asked whether her husband had been drinking heavily.
“The more I tell you the name, the more you’re going to understand why we’re not talking to you right now,” Becki replied, adding that her husband wouldn’t let her take him to the hospital because “he is stubborn.”
But medics and emergency responders arrived at the residence later that night. A responder observed lacerations on Jerry Falwell Jr.’s face, including under his left eye, across the bridge of his nose, and above both his right and left eyes. The responder also recorded in a report that Jerry Falwell Jr. said he hit his head on a trash can, and that there was “blood in the area he indicated” as well as “empty alcohol containers.” The officer also noted “Jerry had slurred and slowed speach (sic) and would repeat things already asked.”
Drinking is against Liberty University’s official code of conduct. Under Falwell’s leadership, the school would regularly make students submit random breath, blood, and urine tests to enforce the ban.
And in a 1998 interview, the elder Jerry Falwell Sr. called alcohol “the worst, most offensive drug in American society.”
Since the story of the August 30 911 call broke, the Falwells have declined to comment.