A Bryan man has been arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated. If he is convicted, it will be his third DWI conviction, meaning this time the charge will be a felony.

The man came to the attention of police after a passerby called to notify them of a hit-and-run accident. The caller said a driver had struck a utility pole, fled the scene and then parked behind a restaurant.

Police responded to the restaurant, where they found the 47-year-old man. His vehicle looked as though it had been in an accident and its horn was stuck on.

Police asked him to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was taken to Brazos County Jail and his bail was set at $6,000. He has been charged with diving while intoxicated with prior convictions, which is a third-degree felony. If he is found guilty, he will have to pay up to $10,000 and could be looking at a prison term of between two and 10 years.

The man will probably also have to pay for the damage he is accused of doing to the pole and road sign, which the Texas Department of Transportation has estimated to be $1,000.

The man was convicted of DWI in 1990 and 1995. As you can see, his offenses were widely spread out. Although reasonable minds could disagree, that looks as though he is not a wanton violator of DWI laws. Making three mistakes in the space of 22 years certainly does not seem wildly irresponsible.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Man faces third DWI charge," March 23, 2012