If you are arrested for drunk driving, it is natural that you might be upset. After all, a drunk driving conviction carries serious penalties, looks bad on your record and will take up a lot of your time with all the attendant court appearances, etc.

But the possibility of a DWI conviction is not worth endangering yourself over. That's what a 56-year-old Bryan man allegedly did recently when he tried to avoid a trooper and nearly collided head-on with an 18-wheeler when he was driving while intoxicated, according to officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

It was Friday afternoon when an officer spotted a vehicle swerving and driving erratically on Texas Highway 21. When the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver apparently decided to make a run for it and swerved into oncoming traffic. He narrowly avoided hitting a semi truck in the process.

When the man was pulled over, he allegedly said he had tried to evade the officer because he had prior DWI convictions and did not have a valid license or car insurance.

As we said, it is understandable this man would really want to avoid getting caught, but nothing is worth doing what he apparently did in an attempt to outrun the consequences of his actions. He seriously put himself at risk, to say nothing of jeopardizing the safety of other innocent people.

Attempting to flee like this is never a good idea. Even if you're scared, you should remember that you have the option of working with an attorney to fight the charges against you. That's a much better way to respond to a DWI charge than something drastic and unsafe like this.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Police say man almost hits 18-wheeler head on," May 19, 2012