If you drive after you have had too much to drink, you run the very real risk of getting a DWI. As one Bryan man found out last weekend, that risk does not change much if you are behind the wheel of a boat rather than of a car. It may not be called a DWI anymore, but the punishment is still severe and altogether, it is something you want to avoid at all costs.

The 27-year-old man who found this out the hard way was arrested and charged with driving a boat while intoxicated. He might have to pay a fine of up to $2,000 and could spend up to 180 days in jail if he is convicted.

The man, his wife and their two children, ages 9 and 2, were boating on Lake Bryan Saturday when they were pulled over by wardens from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Earlier in the day, authorities had warned the man that he should not be out boating because he had had too much to drink, so naturally, when the wardens caught him boating against their advice, they were not too happy.

The man was arrested and taken to Brazos County Jail, from which he was later released on $2,000 bond.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Police: Man arrested for drinking, boating," April 30, 2012