An alleged drunk driver in Houston decided to tailgate the wrong person last week.

The 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after an incident that began with a deputy observing that someone was tailgating him. It was just before 3 a.m. last Sunday and the deputy could see in his rearview mirror that the headlights of the car behind him were coming unusually close.

Allegedly, the trooper quickly realized that he was going to have to get out of this driver's way or there would be a car accident. He pulled onto the grass shoulder to avoid the collision and then apprehended the driver.

When the driver was pulled over, the office could smell alcohol. He conducted field sobriety tests on the man, which the man apparently failed. The man was taken to Texas County Jail.

Police and other law enforcement authorities are very vigilant about drunk drivers. It does not take a pair of rapidly approaching headlights to get their attention - swerving, weaving or even driving suspiciously slower than the speed limit can all flag their attention.

If you are pulled over for drunk driving, remember that you have the right to an attorney's counsel. Being accused of drunk driving is a frightening process and sometimes it is helpful to feel like you have an advocate. It would not be a bad idea for you to identify an attorney you would like to work with and program that attorney's contact information into your cell phone now. You may never have to use it, but who knows? It may come in handy.

Source: The Houston Herald, "Deputy escapes collision with drunk driver," 1 August 2011.