Here's a tip -- don't try to steal a tip jar and then make a getaway when you're drunk. That certainly did not work out for one College Station resident, who has now been charged with a felony DWI.

The 24-year-old man is accused of stealing the tip jar from Carney's Pub and Grill on Wednesday. Witnesses who say they saw him grab the jar of money described his vehicle to police, which allowed officers to track him down.

When an officer succeeded in locating his vehicle and pulling him over, the man failed a field sobriety test. When the officer searched him, he reportedly found a wad of cash in the man's pocket, as well as an open bottle of malt liquor and a small amount of marijuana in his vehicle.

The man has been charged with DWI and since he has two prior convictions, that charge is a third-degree felony. If he is found guilty, he could be looking at up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

In addition to the DWI, the man has been charged with theft of property valued at under $50 (for allegedly taking the tip jar) and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.

Although there is a little irony in facing a $10,000 fine after stealing less than $50, this story is actually pretty sad. Supposedly, after he failed the field sobriety test, the man broke down crying and begged the office not to get him in trouble because he didn't want to "go away forever." As you can see, a DWI is not something you ever have the luxury of treating casually. There are very real -- and sometimes very sad -- consequences.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Stolen tip jar leads to felony DWI charge for College Station man," March 21, 2012