A Bryan woman had a pretty rough Saturday night.

First, she allegedly struck a College Station police squad car after apparently running a red light. Then, as authorities were looking into the incident, they decided that she was probably intoxicated when it happened and so took her to Brazos County Jail. She will likely be charged with DWI and may face other minor moving violation charges.

The 24-year-old woman was driving near the intersection of Earl Rudder Freeway and Southwest Parkway in her 2006 Dodge Charger. We don't know exactly what happened, but authorities believe she struck the stationary squad car when she ran a red light. Police have said the squad car, a Chevy Tahoe, had its emergency lights on at the time of the accident.

The officer inside the car was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.

Police have not said when on Saturday night the accident occurred and have not realized any information as to what led them to believe the woman was drunk at the time of the accident.

Regardless of whether this woman was drunk, she behaved unsafely and put the life of the College Station officer at risk. While we naturally hope that this woman is only punished if she is indeed guilty, and that her punishment fits the scope and scale of her transgression, we also hope that she has learned a lesson about being safe behind the wheel. Every single one of us has an obligation to be safe on the roads, and that is not a duty that anyone has the luxury of foregoing.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Police: Drunken driver hit patrol car," May 13, 2012