A car wreck is not the least of the problems a Bryan man is facing these days. According to police, the 39-year-old man became involved in the accident because he was driving while intoxicated. He is now facing a DWI charge.

But his troubles do not stop there. Because he has four prior DWI offenses, this DWI charge had been upgraded to a felony DWI. If he is convicted of this third-degree felony, he will face a fine of $10,000 and may be sentence to between two and 10 years in prison.

The incident that led police to discover that this man was allegedly intoxicated occurred around 1:45 a.m. Thursday when an officer on a routine patrol come across the scene of the accident. The man was sitting in the driver's seat of one of the vehicle and refused to participate when the officer asked him to participate in field sobriety tests. He was taken to Brazos County Jail and remains in custody because he has not posted bail.

The nature and details of the car accident have not been publicized. Nor is it known if the other driver was hurt or if the 39-year-old man himself was injured.

If this man was indeed drunk when the accident happened, it is pretty obvious that he has a serious problem with alcohol. Four prior DWI convictions make it obvious that he cannot control his need for alcohol and that is a terrible shame because as this charge shows, it is costing him dearly.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Bryan man faces fifth DWI charge," March 22, 2012