An unusual incident involving a 31-year-old Bryan woman resulted in her being taken to Brazos County Jail Monday evening. The woman has now been charged with DWI.

The incident started when the woman struck a gas pump at a filling station in the 2900 block of East Texas Highway 21. When police showed up, the woman was "hysterical," they reported. She claimed that she was having chest pains, but declined to be taken to a hospital. It is not known what, if anything, was causing her chest pains.

The woman told police that she had had only one beer that evening, but evidence police say they found later contradicted her statement. Supposedly, an open bottle of alcohol was found on the floor of her car and she later told police that she was too drunk to perform field sobriety tests.

As we said earlier, she has now been charged with driving drink, which is a Class A misdemeanor and carries with it a fine of $4,000 and could require her to spend a year in prison. It is not known yet whether she must pay for the damage to the gas pump that she allegedly caused.

Although it appears this is only this woman's first offense, that doesn't mean it is going to be a lot easier for her. In Texas, courts take allegations of drunk driving very seriously. While that is understandable because drunk drivers are a safety issue, it does not mean that everyone who is accused of driving drunk is automatically guilty.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Police: Woman charged with DWI after hitting as pump," April, 3, 2012