Bryan residents are well aware of the legal consequences one may face after being charged with DUI. However, a Texas woman who was charged with driving drunk in an acquaintance's car now faces additional penalties after being accused of stealing the individual's vehicle.

According to reports, the 18-year-old was pulled over by a College Station officer Sunday morning. The officer was on a bicycle near the intersection of Church Street and College Main when he noticed that the vehicle did not have its headlights on.

Because the officer was on his bike, he was unable to immediately get the driver's attention. The officer reported that he was almost struck by the vehicle after the driver ran a stop sign. The driver did pull the vehicle over once she noticed that the officer had been trying to stop her.

The College Station officer reported that he arrested the woman for driving under the influence of alcohol after detecting the smell of alcohol on the woman's breath. The officer also commented that the woman's eyes were glassy.

After investigating the incident further, the driver admitted that she did not own the vehicle and that she did not have permission to use the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle confirmed that although she did know the alleged drunk driver, she did not give the woman authority to drive her vehicle Sunday morning.

The drunk driver was also charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, which is a felony in the state of Texas. If she is convicted of stealing the acquaintance's vehicle for a joyride, the woman could be sentenced to serve up to two years in jail. She could also be slapped with a hefty $10,000 fine.

Source: Bryan College Station Eagle, "Woman charged with stealing car, DUI," Oct. 3, 2011