It is possible that after you are pulled over and arrested on suspicion of a DWI, you could get angry. DWIs are expensive, troublesome and bad news all around and it is understandable that you could feel a reasonable degree of anger and frustration at your situation.

But we hope we do not have to tell you that acting on those feelings of anger, particularly if you are acting out against the arresting officer, is nothing short of a terrible idea.

Recently, a Bryan man was pulled over by a College Station police officer. He was arrested and was taken to College Station Medical Center so that a blood sample could be taken. The officer reported that the man was "belligerent" throughout the whole process.

On the way to the medical center, the man allegedly said that he would take "pot shots" at the officer. The officer felt that this was a reference to shooting him with a gun. This has been interpreted as a threat against the officer, so now the man has been charged with retaliation. That is a third-degree felony that could get the man a fine of up to $10,000 and 10 years in prison if he is convicted.

Now, like we said, a certain level of anger in a situation like this man's would be understandable. But if you can, you need to keep those feelings under control. The men and women who enforce our laws deserve our respect and should feel safe on the job for one thing, and for another, making threats (even if they are empty and you're just venting some hot air) could get you into a lot of trouble.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Suspected drunken driver charged for alleged threats," April 24, 2012