It seems that something as simple as a traditional toast on New Year's Eve has gotten a 23-year-old woman from the Bryan/College Station area in trouble with the law.

The woman is out of jail on bond as she appeals her conviction for a drunk driving offense that left a College Station police officer immobile from the waist down. One of the conditions of her bond was that she not possess alcohol. The prosecutor in her case now alleges that she broke that condition by drinking alcohol in a bar on New Year's Eve. He now wants her back in jail while her appeal is pending. Her appeal is expected to take up to two years.

The incident for which the woman was convicted happened in 2010, when she crashed head-on into a police officer when she was driving drunk. The police officer can no longer walk as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. The woman was convicted of intoxicated assault and decided to appeal her conviction. She was released from jail after the trial on a $40,000 bail that carried with it several bond conditions.

In a further twist to the case, it seems that the prosecutors learned how the woman was celebrating New Year's Eve by photos of the woman that appeared on the social networking site Facebook.

While it is not right that this woman drove drunk and injured the police officer, we need to make sure we do not jump to conclusions and force her to spend up to two years in prison as she exercised her right to appeal. Hopefully, things in this case will turn out for the best.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Prosecutors say Alex Ford violated terms of bond for intoxicated assault," Maggie Kiely, Feb. 2, 2012