A Bryan police officer reported seeing a trailer come unhitched from a vehicle around 9:20 p.m. Friday. The officer went over and offered to help, but it's safe to say the driver wished that helpful impulse had been resisted. That's because the officer ended up arresting the man, a 33-year-old Bryan resident who has now been charged with DWI with a child passenger.

The officer reported that when he approached the vehicle, he could smell an odor strongly associated with alcohol. The officer also noticed a nine-year-old child in the vehicle. The driver is said to have told the officer that he had had one margarita around 2:30 p.m.

However, the officer was able to glean from witnesses that the man had been drinking beer later than 2:30 p.m., the police report said. The officer also found a receipt in the man's pocket that showed he had purchased three margaritas at 4:44 p.m.

The man then failed several field sobriety tests, according to the police report.

If he is found guilty of DWI with a child in the car, he could have to pay up to $10,000 in fines and spend as much as two years in jail.

As you can see, authorities take suspected drunk driving even more seriously when there is a child in the vehicle. The reason for this is that children cannot control all the things that happen to them; it could be argued that a person who drives drunk does so because he or she makes a (bad) decision to do so, but children do not have that opportunity.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Police: Man drove drunk with child in vehicle," July 29, 2012