A man from Bryan has been accused of driving when he was drunk and then hitting a pedestrian. He has now been charged with felony DWI. Because he already has two drunk-driving convictions, this new charge is a felony rather than a misdemeanor, as it would be if it were his first offense.

According to Bryan police, the 50-year-old man told them that he hit the woman when he was turning into a private driveway and the woman ran into his vehicle. Police had found the woman lying on the ground in an injured state around 10 p.m. when they were summoned by a 911 call to the 800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Street around 10 p.m. Saturday. No word is available on her present condition.

Officers reported that the man was slurring his speech and was not able to keep his balance. Such a physical condition, of course, can feasibly be caused by a number of things.  Reports of his arrest have made no mention of whether he was given a Breathalyzer test or asked to perform field sobriety tests, so it is unclear how the officers came to the determination that he was intoxicated.

The man was convicted of driving drunk in 1997 and 2001, so if he is found guilty of this third offense, he might be in jail for up to a decade and could be fined as much as $10,000. While we absolutely do not condone putting the safety of others at risk, as this man did if he drove drunk (notice we said "if"), it is rather unfortunate that two offenses that are 15 and 11 years old, respectively, could still be affecting this man today.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Reportedly drunken driver hits, injures woman," April 9, 2012